"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." (2 Corinthians 6:1)
I believe there must be great throngs of men and women who keep on assuring themselves that they will “make it” into the kingdom of God by a kind of heavenly osmosis! They have a fond hope that there is a kind of unconscious “leaking through” of their personalities into the walls of the kingdom.
That is a vain hope. No one ever comes to God by an automatic or unconscious process; it does not happen that way at all!
The individual man or woman must make the choice -- and on that point we must be dogmatic. We have the Book, the Word of God. We know that God has revealed Himself through the giving of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son. We know that the saving message is the gospel -- the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no way that God can come to us and forgive us and restore us to the position of son or daughter until we consciously let Him! This is an authentic experience of the grace and mercy of God -- we have made our decision!
Lord, I pray that pastors in our churches will make it clear from their pulpits that in order to be saved, people must acknowledge their sin before God and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord of their new life.