Are You Living in the “Almost”?

In a particular  PEANUTS cartoon, the team “statistician” brings Charlie Brown, the manager, his report.

“I’ve compiled the statistics on our baseball team for last season,” Linus says. “In 12 games we ALMOST scored a run and in 9 games the other team ALMOST didn’t score before the first out. In right field, Lucy ALMOST caught 3 balls and once ALMOST made the right play.”

“We led the league,” he concludes, “in ‘ALMOSTS,’ Charlie Brown.”

This cartoon reminds me of Paul in Acts 26, where as a prisoner he is brought before King Agrippa answering charges of insurrection.  He tells the King that he is innocent and is being judged based on the “hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.”  Paul recounts his prior life and conversion to Christ.  His defense  is both a sermon and an appeal for Agrippa to accept Jesus. He asked, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”” Agrippa’s response is, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

Some have suggested that the King’’s response was a derisive one.  That he was mocking Paul.  That could be, but I personally doubt it.  I think Agrippa was “almost” persuaded.”  Yet, he never obeyed.

How many religious people today live in the “almost”?

Some hear the gospel repeatedly, and almost obey, but don’t.  They agree. Their hearts are touched.  The know they should.  But they wait.  They almost become Christians.

Others come only on Sunday morning.  They hear lessons  challenging them to greater faithfulness, more involvement and deeper commitment.  They know they should.  They think at the moment they will.  Some times they almost do.  Almost, but not quite.

How many are faithful in attendance, present every time the doors are open.  They are good and godly people.  Always smiling.  Filled with zeal.  Fervent in worship.  And blessed with so much talent to serve the Lord.  They are tying to find a convenient time to do more. To visit. To teach.  To minister. They want to.  They need to.  They plan to.  Almost.

My friend, don’t be like Charlie Brown’s team and lead the league in “almosts.”  Don’’t be like Agrippa, “almost persuaded.”  Almost, but……..

—Ken Welieve, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “Are You Living in the “Almost”?

  1. Billie

    SUPER EXAMPLE. LET US KEEP ON STRIVING TO NEVER SLIP INTO THIS MODE. AND LET US NOT FORGET THAT IN TODAYS WORLD WITH SO MANY DISTRACTIONS, IT WOULD BE SO EASY.

  2. Carolyn Hays

    Great article, Ken. I enjoy your writing so much.

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