Many Christians claim that if you tell non-Christians how Jesus can help them in their present situation, they’ll only love Him temporarily, forgetting Him when it’s all over. Those Christians say the only right way to evangelize is to just share the gospel and tell the person to repent from their sins. Yet there are countless believers in the past and the present day who only turned to God when they were at their lowest, the proverbial rock bottom. God used a painful situation in their lives to get them to the point where they would finally admit they needed Him, then they were convicted of their sin and repented. It’s what He does. It doesn’t cheapen salvation; it shows God’s absolutely wonderful mercy and grace.
I’ve been editing a book by a woman who endured emotional and verbal abuse throughout her seventeen-year marriage, and here’s what she says:
“We often don’t want to think of the hard and painful things as part of His plan, but without those things, we would never be so empty and so desperate for a Savior that we fall on our faces and give Him everything.” — Cindi Morse, Lifted Out (coming soon)
She’s right. God knows us. He knows that we are proud people who want to do everything on our own and show that we need no one. (It’s why every other religion but Christianity says you can get to God/heaven through your own merit.) But when we’re in a rock-bottom situation — whether it’s drug or alcohol addiction, a failed relationship, a life-threatening sickness, or even prison — we may get desperate enough to admit we cannot possibly get out of this one on our own, and we are finally willing to say we need God. And God, not having a sinful, prideful heart like us, just says, “I waited for you, My child. Come to Me. Lay those burdens down, and I will give you rest.”
Now, coming to Christ doesn’t mean we won’t suffer the consequences of our actions, like going to jail for a crime we committed or living with the after-effects of a drug-filled life. But it does mean that we can live out the rest of our days in joy. I mean, a real, lasting joy, not emotional ups and downs (although, because we’re human, we’ll still have those now and then).
So step back and look at the hard things going on in your life. Could they be part of God’s plan to get your attention? Could He be using those situations or events to whisper to you, “I’m here, waiting for you to just ask Me, and I can help you through this”?
Don’t be like most of the world who comes to the other side of the desperate situation and forgets all about God again. Drop your pride, leave your self-confidence at the door, and come to Jesus. He’s waiting.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)