Many years ago while on a bus in Tijuana my husband had a conversation with a stranger. The stranger talked about Jesus and my husband listened. Finally, as the conversation ended and the stranger was exiting the bus he turned around to Jim and said “it was so nice talking with you Jim, I’m sure you will be one of the nicest people in hell.” That statement made quite an impact. Many of us consider ourselves a good person but there are no loop holes for “good people” in Heaven. Just because our good outweighs our bad doesn’t mean we’re on Calvary Road. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Matthew 7:13. This does not mean we, as Christians, are perfect by no means for we all fall short of the glory of God. It is our faith in Jesus as our Saviour, not our works. To merely acknowledge God puts us on the same level as satan. However, to believe in the finished work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and receive His salvation is what separates us. The enemy has read the back of the Bible also. He knows he loses in the end. In the meantime, he is going to try and take everyone else with him. It is our job to know the Truth, the Word of God and not be deceived. Our salvation is up to us to receive.
There is a difference in motivation and conviction. To motivate someone is to give them a reason to do something. Conviction is being sure what you believe is true. The Holy Spirit convicts us to know the Truth. The truth of the Gospel only comes through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is up to us to respond to the conviction. The Cross of Christ is an offense to the kingdom of darkness. The Gospel of Jesus has teeth that bite, It is a sword. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ will convict us. Only the conviction of the Holy Spirit leads to repentance. Motivation can lead to failure and condemnation; it can cause us to be blind to the true Gospel. The enemy doesn’t mind us being motivated but it sends him running when we receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The tugging and longing for that “something” you can’t put your finger on is the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is a truth that is there but you don’t know what it is until you seek Him; until you seek God. The conviction of the Holy Spirit tears down self righteousness, religion and anything that exalts itself above the Lord.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ‘ ” John 14:6. There are no loopholes in the Gospel for “good people” who have not received Jesus Christ as their Saviour. If your motivation is failing, respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Respond and become a light to your family and friends. Be the one God uses to point others to the Cross of Jesus Christ. – Donna Warren