Why do some people believe in Jesus, becoming a Christian, and others do not?
God gives each person the choice to believe or not.
One cannot help but remember the brothers Esau and Jacob from the Old Testament book of Genesis. They were twin brothers, yet they were very different. From the events in their lives and the choices they made, one can see that Jacob chose better, for he chose the things of God. Esau on the other hand, chose the things of this world and the satisfaction of his flesh. After hunting one day, Esau came home where Jacob was making some pottage. Esau was willing to sell his birthright for a bowl of pottage – just to satisfy his immediate hunger. After this, Esau took wives of the Hittite’s, not God’s people. Read what his parents thought of this in Genesis 26:35: “Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.”
A short time later, Jacob received the blessing instead of Esau. Afterward, see the obedience of one brother, and the disobedience of the other. “6. When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan; 7. And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram; 8. And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 9. Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife” (Genesis 28:6-9). Jacob continued to please his parents (thus pleasing God), and Esau continued to please himself (thus displeasing God).
Although Esau had many great possessions on this earth (see Genesis 33) and lived in the land of Seir, there is insight given to us in the New Testament. See what God recorded in His Word. “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13). We can better understand these words many consider harsh as we read the following verses. “15. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16. Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears” (Hebrews 12:15-17). The condition of Esau seems to be the same condition as one who rejects God and His Word, choosing to please self. Note that this kind of person is one who sins against God (in rejecting the gift of His Son, Jesus). Esau made his choice. Esau gave himself over to the world and its’ ways. When Esau “failed of the grace of God” in this choice, he became a profane person. Esau so hardened his heart “he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
Before you harden your heart, rejecting God, read the following encouraging words. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is not willing that any should perish. No one should harden their heart and not receive the Gospel message of Jesus.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth …” (Romans 1:16).
Choose to please yourself, and in doing so fail of the grace of God, or
Choose to believe in the Gospel of Christ unto Salvation.
It is your choice!