“Repent,” says Peter, “and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19-20).
The message is as simple as that.
Yet, there are loads of people that don’t get that refreshed life.
And this can be disheartening.
In the West, as best I can tell, there are two main things that keep a person from accepting the gospel.
1: Insulation. Life is good. Or, at the very least, it’s a distraction.
2: Pride. I can do it myself. Which is to say, the opposite of surrender.
Equally in its simplicity, though, is the what does draw a person in.
First, it is God’s working, moving spirit. It is, by definition, God who saves. But strangely, God is not the only player in the equation.
Second is us. Or rather, God’s spirit living in us. Without seeing the effects, the gospel is an idea that requires great sacrifice. And that’s really just bad marketing.
But when God’s spirit is seen in the lives of others, the refreshing comes.