Today’s Reading: Acts 26:1-32
Let me start off by asking you a question. How many of you have fallen victim to “Almost” syndrome? You know what I am talking about, it’s when you have a bad cold and almost make it to the store before it closes. It’s when you find a bill that you had to pay two weeks ago that you almost paid. It’s when you almost invest in that stock that has quadrupled in the last two weeks. It’s when you almost arrived at the airport on time. It’s when you almost remember your anniversary. When you almost took that chance and you fill in the blank.
Most of the time, the “Almost” syndrome adds up to no more than a little inconvenience, minimal monetary loss, an uncomfortable night’s sleep spent on the couch, or a rethinking of priorities in your life. However, I want to look at a biblical example where the “Almost” syndrome will cost you greatly.
The definition of almost is: not exactly, not yet, or not in fact, but very close to being or happening as described. Here is the problem that I see, many people find themselves confronted with the same eternal scenario that Agrippa was faced with, but they never make a firm decision on it, whether it is because they don’t believe, they think there is always tomorrow, they think it’s foolishness, they like their lives the way it is they just never make the decision. They are “Almost” persuaded to give their lives over, but for some reason, they pull back and say “I will make the decision later.” That’s frightening. It’s frightening because the Word of God so clearly tells us in John 3:18 by not making a decision, you have actually made a decision.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned alread, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn 3:18).