No one comes to Jesus by accident. Salvation is active, not passive.
Something needs to happen before you can receive the New Birth. It’s intentional, not accidental.
I state this as a fact by examining scripture. No one ever comes to a personal relationship with God unless somebody does something.
Recently, I’ve heard the term…
“Bumping into Jesus.”
I’ve heard people speak of this as a Bible doctrine. I’ve heard people state this as an objective for a “worship” service.
I’m unsure who coined the term. I don’t know how pervasive it is. However, you need to know that “Bumping into Jesus” isn’t a Bible doctrine.
The Bible records only one case where people “bump into Jesus.” It’s in Luke Chapter Eight, Verse 45:
Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee…Luke 8:45
In this situation, none of the people who bumped into Jesus received any benefit. Their lives were unchanged. They continued about their business and went on their way, receiving nothing from the Lord.
I’m telling you this because a zero-percent chance exists that you will encounter Jesus by chance. No casual encounter. No happenstance.
Now, I know that the people whose goal is to get people to “Bump into Jesus” mean well, but what their saying just isn’t scriptural.
A life-changing encounter with God requires intent. It won’t happen by chance.
Scripture teaches us…
Three ways to get to God.
Salvation has active prerequisites. For you to get saved, something must happen.
I want you to know that…
Salvation requires action.
In scripture, we see only three ways you can connect with God.
1. God calls you
First, God purposefully intervenes in a person’s affairs. For example, God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. Saul of Tarsus “saw the light” on the Damascus Road.
God looked for Adam and Eve in the Garden, after they had sinned.
Jesus tells us
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.Luke 19:10
Could it be that today, right now, Jesus is looking for you?
2. You seek God.
Second, a person may choose to seek the Lord. Zacchaeus sought to see Jesus. He was small, so he climbed a sycomore tree to adjust his line of sight (Luke 19:2-9).
If you desire a touch from God, you can actively pursue it.
God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah saying,
Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:13
If you want God, you will find Him.
3. Someone brings you to God.
Third, people bring other people to Jesus. Do you remember the account of the man with the palsy? Four men worked together to bring that man to Jesus (Mark 2:3).
Many people wanted to see and hear Jesus that day. Therefore, the men couldn’t bring the sick man to Jesus using ordinary means. They took the extraordinary step of carrying the man onto the roof and lowering him, through the roof, into Jesus’ presence (Mark 2:4).
Just imagine if these men didn’t care enough to go to such a great effort? The man never would have received anything from Jesus.
John the Baptist pointed his disciples toward Jesus, saying,
Behold the Lamb of God!John 1:36
One of those disciples, Andrew, followed Jesus, but he didn’t stop there. He went to find his brother, Simon, and brought him to Jesus (John 1:41).
If you’ve already accepted the Savior, will you bring others to Him?
I want to help you get to Jesus. I want to work with you to bring people to God.
While some people get to God, many never do. You must understand that…
Most get left out.
I have mentioned only a few examples from the Bible that show that no one accidentally gets help from God..
Let me say this differently: Nobody accidentally receives salvation.
Jesus alluded to this in Luke chapter 4. Rather than sending Elijah to any of the widows who lived in Israel, God sent Elijah to one widow in Sidon. The rest of the widows finished their days without connecting with God.
God sent Elisha to one leper, Naaman, in Syria. The rest of the lepers never received healing.
In another passage, Jesus articulates this principle:
Many are called, but few are chosen.Matthew 22:14
What does all this mean?
If neither God, nor you, nor other people move, you will die in your sins.
I want you to
to God’s word.
Answer the call.
To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…Hebrews 3:15
If God calls you to repentance, answer Him. Obey Him.
Seek the Lord
Do you want the peace and confidence that comes with salvation?
Do you want to experience a “better way” (1 Corinthians 12:31)?
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:Isaiah 55:6
Finally, if you’re already a believer, I want you to
Do your part.
Live a good life. Set a good example. Let your light shine. Those things are good. They please God. But they are passive. You can only help others through intentional action.
To help others, you must bring them to Jesus.
Step out of your comfort zone.
Of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire;Jude 1:21-22