by Ernest P. Bergmann

“Many of us “come to Jesus” with preconditions for “coming”. We bring to Christianity a load of non-Christian attributes and expect them to be acceptable to God. We are proud of our worldly accomplishments and expect God to be joyful in receiving such a worthy citizen into His kingdom.

Such is simply not the case with God. We are saved solely on the basis of God’s grace, but to live as Christians we have to get rid of some baggage before we are mature in God. God does not force changes on us. If changes are to be made, the Holy Spirit works within us, aiding us in getting rid of worldly baggage, but without direct force. God may place us into situations, and give us trials, that let us know we are doing something that needs changing, but we can “out-stubborn” God to continue life as we chose to live it.

Yet, if we choose to go God’s Way, there will be many growth changes along the way. We will make those changes because God will make it clear to us changes are needed, and because we love God. At that point in our Christian walk we begin to see the spirituality of God’s laws and place them into our lives to let the Way become a path illuminated by  God’s light…”

(this article is an excerpt from the January-February 2000 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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