8. One Way for Everybody

Romans 3:30

Since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

I want to tell you that whoever you are or whatever you may or may not have done, the gospel is for you, because it is for everybody. I want you to see that if you come to God in the way he has appointed for you to come—that is, through faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for you—he will receive you and will never cast you out.

Who may come? The answer is: everybody. All alike are lost in sin, and yet all alike are the objects of Jesus’s saving love. The gospel is for the very great sinner as well as for the apparently moral person. It is for the pagan as well as for the one who considers himself or herself religious. Even if you are a very great sinner, you may come. Even if you are extremely self-righteous, you may come—if you shed your self-righteousness.

What is your sin? Pride? Murder? Stealing? Adultery? It does not matter. If you come to Jesus, you will be received. Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).

What is your profession? Minister? Gambler? Businessman? Housewife? It does not matter. You may come to God through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

What is your condition? Are you seeking God? Running away from God? Fighting God? Questioning God? Job questioned God, but God was never closer to him than when he was questioning.

How may I come? You may come as you are. You are invited to come to Christ in whatever mental or spiritual attire you may find yourself in. Some come running to Jesus. Others come limping along with poor, faltering, hesitating steps. Some people come kicking and screaming. But that is all right. They may come too.

When may I come? You may come at any time. Come as a child. Jesus commended the faith of children, saying that we must all come as little children to be saved. You may be older. You may be thinking that you probably should have come as a child and it is too late for you now. It is never too late. You may not be able to do much for Jesus because of your advanced years, but he can do everything for you. You will not have much time on earth to serve him, but you will have an eternity in heaven to praise him.

Have you come to Jesus? Have you strayed and need to return? Come now to him while you can. It is not too late. Just come.

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