Written January 8
I read in Acts 26 about Paul recounting his conversion to King Agrippa. After he had finished, King Agrippa said to him, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
This just had me wondering, “What was it that held King Agrippa back from ‘altogether’ (as Paul worded it) coming to fully trust Christ for salvation?” And it also reminded me of the account of the young, rich ruler who came to Jesus asking what he would need to do to inherit eternal life, but turned away saddened at the thought of having to give up his wealth to obtain the richness of fellowship with the One True God (Matthew 19:16-22). Jesus explained that there was one thing that the young man lacked. I don’t even think Jesus meant to imply that the riches were the issue; rather that he sought to reveal the idol present in the man’s heart. What was King Agrippa’s idol? What was the “one thing” that he lacked, which kept him from fully surrendering over to Christ? Maybe it was his power, wealth or popularity among the people or his peers, who thought Paul to be mad. Maybe it was something not so obvious.
These two accounts make me confront the idols in my own heart that keep me from fully, altogether surrendering my all completely to Christ and his cross. I don’t want to “almost” believe. Lord, thank you for your grace. Help me to respond to it “altogether.”