"Almost" is an interesting word. We sometimes use it when we want to delay something when we’re not quite ready to commit. It’s a word that we also couple with procrastination. For instance, maybe you’re at a restaurant, and the server comes by and says, “Do you know what you’d like to order today?”

 

You’re still looking over the menu, so you answer, “Well, almost.”

 

Or, maybe a husband is waiting for his wife as they’re about to go out to dinner. He says, “Are you ready yet?”

She says, “Almost.”

Then there are words that don’t work with almost. There is no such thing as almost pregnant, almost winning, or an almost Christian. A woman is either pregnant, or she isn’t. You either win the game or lose the game. You’re either a Christian, or you’re not a Christian.

You may be well on your way to becoming a Christian. You may be investigating the claims of Christ. But either you are a believer, or you are not.

In Acts, chapter 26, we read of a man known as Herod Agrippa. I call him the almost Christian. Why? Because when the apostle Paul presented the gospel to him, Herod Agrippa said, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

Almost. He was close but not close enough. Apparently, Herod Agrippa was moved by Paul’s powerful and persuasive presentation of the gospel. But then he turned and walked away from it. He was the almost Christian.

Only God can make you aware of your need for Christ, but only you can put your faith in Him. God won’t do it for you, because He has given you a free will. It’s up to you to respond and decide to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

We live in a day when fewer people follow God, fewer people go to church and probably a lot of people who remember hearing God’s word being presented to them and feeling that tug at their heart, and like Herod Agrippa, they walked away, not quite convinced they wanted to serve God.

I can assure you of one thing; if we could talk to Herod Agrippa today, I feel quite sure that he would bring a very persuasive argument and give very good reasons why everyone should turn to Christ.

Don’t be foolish like Herod and walk away, turn to God. Right now it is not too late but there will come a day when it will be too late.

You don’t want to be the “almost Christian.”

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