For some reason, that has stuck with me. Isn't the word "almost" an odd word to use. I mean why didn't we just say , "no not yet" or "give us a few minutes". "Almost" indicates that we aren't ready to commit, we need more time to decide.
I see people stepping into churches today that want to be "almost" Christians. They are curious enough to come in, sit awhile but not committed enough to walk out changed. If you would ask them if they are ready to serve God, they would say "almost".
If I could be alittle blunt today and tell you that "almost" is not in God's vocabulary. He didn't say "I ALMOST sent My Son to die for you" or "I ALMOST love you!" Quite opposite, He gave His all for all! The truth is, you are either a Christian or you are not. There is no half way to heaven, you are either in or out, you are either hot or cold.
You may be taking steps to become closer to God, and I pray you are. You may even be interested in knowing more about Him but wherever you are today you have a choice to make: do you believe or not? There's no almost about it.
In the book of Acts, Herod Agrippa is said to be so moved by Paul's powerful presentation of the gospel that he said...
"You almost persuade me to become a Christian." (Acts 26:28)
When it came to the end of the day though, Herod Agrippa turned away from the gospel. He heard the Truth but did not accept It. He almost did, but almost wasn't enough. He left the same way he came.
It is no longer good enough to hear the Word of God and just be moved, hearing the gospel should change us! When it comes to Christianity, "almost" just won't cut it.