Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White is a popular Christian book.
Have you read it or heard about it? Tell me in the comments section below.
Yes, you might not have heard of this book or possessed a copy. But it’s indeed a pocket-sized book that touches the innermost parts of the human life.
Out of all Ellen G. White books, this religious book shows (and not just tells) you how to become and remain a Christian.
No doubt, we live in a world that hardly remembers the true meaning of Christianity. Yet, reading this Ellen White book will expose you to the right steps to take to learn the ways of Christ.
I’m sure you’re wondering why this book review is taking a different turn.
Well, here’s one fact:
Steps to Christ: Background to the Book Review
For the first time, I read this book in 2015, five years ago.
I had just graduated from the university and was working as a sales representative in Lagos.
Every day, when I returned from work, I spent an hour or two reading the colorful pages of this life-transforming Christian book.
It took me several months to complete the 13 chapters of this book. Now, this wasn’t because I was a slow reader.
Instead, I found that the further I got into the book, the clearer I saw myself in the presence of my Creator. I found a vivid picture of my life and saw the need to redesign my life in His ways.
Two years later, I read Steps to Christ again. Now, this wasn’t because I had forgotten its content.
I had been appointed the duty of reviewing the book with some children at my local church. Gladly, I accepted this assignment and made my notes as I read.
So, trust me here; I’m writing you this book review from one of my precious journals.
Inside the Pages of Ellen G. White’s Guide Book
This book reminds us of the brevity of life and the need for human beings to get it right with God.
This thought-provoking book makes its readers question their choices, decisions, and realities, and points them in the direction of true light.
Chapters at a Glance
In Chapter 1, “God’s Love for Man,” Ellen G. White echoes the fact that nature, God’s word, and the death of Christ speak about God’s love. Even though sin brought decay and death, nature remains a beautiful consolation for the effect of sin.
The author says, ‘“God is love” is written upon every opening bud, upon every springing grass.’ Now, you may find this a little unrealistic if you observed the world just the way it is, with the deaths, fears, poverty, natural disasters, and more.
Nevertheless, the author adds that “the world is not all sorrow and misery.”
Ellen G. White further emphasizes the coming, crucifixion, and death of Christ to save humanity. On page 11, the author states that Jesus “took man’s nature, that He might reach man’s wants.”
Christ paid the price for our redemption and only through Him can be find true reconciliation back to God.
In conceiving the height of God’s love, you might get confused or lost. I’ve tried many times to compare fully understand why God loves humanity the way he does.
Yet, I find that this is something bigger than my mind.
In Steps to Christ chapter 2, “The Sinner’s Need of Christ,” E. G. White addresses the reality that God created human beings as perfect and powerful beings.
Sadly, disobedience led to the entrance of sin. And everything changed.
The fallen Lucifer was determined to destroy God’s original design. But God wouldn’t have it.
The author says on page 18 that “the sinner could not be happy in God’s presence; he would shrink from the companionship of the holy beings.”
In essence, before sin, we always wanted everything to do with God. But the presence of sin made God’s marvelous lights a torture for us.
The Impact of Sin on Human Existence
Have you ever wondered why the world is so messed up right now?
Insecurities keep increasing, death rates aren’t slowing down, governments are disappointing, and even families are separating. In fact, people seem to be more interested in things than in other people.
And then you ask the question, “If there’s really a God, what is he looking at?”
I can assure you, as the author emphasizes that “It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape the pit of sin in which we are sunken.” Add to this, “Our hearts are evil, and we cannot change them.”
As a result of this, Ellen White states that only the power of Christ can change us. God’s law is good but it cannot save us. To support this, Jacob experienced the salvation of Christ after he had cheated his brother, Esau.
Nathanael also learned from Jesus Christ that Christ is the only existing link between God and man.
Here’s the reality: we’re down here on earth. If we need to connect with heaven, we need to go through Christ. This is Ellen G. White’s position in Steps to Christ.
And the best way to do this is to “contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us!” God is “crazy” about every single soul on earth and heaven is doing every single possible thing to connect with us.
Ellen White concludes this chapter by stating that if we would become like Christ, we need to “avail ourselves of the mean provided for us.”
And that means is Jesus Christ.
Fixing the Sin Problem
In Steps to Christ chapter 3, “Repentance”, Ellen G. White describes how Christ reunites us with God.
First, she talks about true guilt, the guilt which causes us to feel truly and deeply sorry about the wrong we have done.
She makes it pretty clear that we shouldn’t repent because we’re afraid of being killed or condemned. It needs to be more than that.
A little diversion to illustrate this:
I remember that as a little girl, I was always afraid of being flogged. Even when I knew that the best thing to do was admit my wrong, I often spent more time rehearsing how to ask for forgiveness.
Back then, I was ready to say I was wrong because I wasn’t ready to get flogged or punished.
Is this something you can relate with? Good.
Ellen White insists that true repentance needs to be similar to what David had. “The prayer of David after his fall, illustrates the nature of the true sorrow for sin.”
Only Christ, only the Holy Spirit can bring about this kind of repentance, which is sincere, deep, and eager for a renewal.
Here’s another amazing truth according to Ellen White: “Christ is the source of every right impulse.” You can accept Christ in your sinful state and see your sins for what they are.
A murderer may sometimes feel guilty about his crimes. He might feel terrible. But only the transforming power of Christ can make him want to stop the mean acts.
How Perfect Are You?
Don’t be quick to think that you’re sinless, Ellen G. White says. If you’d only come to Christ, “we shall see how impure we are.”
One intriguing part of this chapter is this statement, “God does not regard all sins as of equal magnitude; there are degrees of guilt in His estimation…”
Now, is this saying that some sins require more guilt than others? Yes.
But does it mean a sin is too small? No!
Or a sin is too big? No!
The true message this author communicates here is “if you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better.”
Don’t be quick to think that one sin is too small to bring consequences or too big to never be forgiven. E. G. White declares on page 36 that “Christ is ready to set us free from sin, but He does not force the will…”
Christ will NEVER force you. If you consistently reject His appeals, He would leave you be.
But that’s not what He wants deep down in his heart. The author yearns that you will pray to God saying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Three big secrets here:
- Be Persistent
- Be Earnest
- Treat your repentance as an issue of life or death
As you take the steps to be renewed, don’t think that Satan would leave you be. No way!
He would come to you and try to make you feel guilty. But Ellen G. White states that, “When Satan comes to tell you that you are a great sinner, look up to your Redeemer and talk of his merits.”
Admit that you’ve done wrong, but brag about Christ’s light. Isn’t that all you’ve got really?
Taking the Steps for Acceptance
My hubby and I have discovered a new side to forgiveness. It’s not enough to know that you did something wrong. It’s never enough to be sorry.
You need to use the right words and actions.
In chapter 4, “Confession,” Ellen G. White describes the first and most important step toward getting it right with God.
Confession is a practical and action-based step. Just like we say speaking is a productive communication skill, confession is productive.
You need to produce an innermost expression of your repentance.
Unlike the popular erroneous belief that you need to undergo “painful penances” or go through some rites, the author states that all God wants is for you to confess.
When we offend people, we must learn to ask their forgiveness. Don’t assume that they know you are sorry. Tell them.
Show them. Use the right words. Act the right way. Show them how genuine you are about your change of ways.
You cannot afford to remain proud and egoistic.
Ellen White supports this by saying, “Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt, have not yet fulfilled the first condition of acceptance.”
Be humble. Be sincere. When you confess, let it be real. REAL!!!
Don’t fake it. Or do it because you need God to grant your next wish. He has a heart too. He has feelings too.
If your confession comes from the depths of your heart, Ellen White says that it will “find its way to the God of infinite pity.”
Conditions for Acceptance with God
If you want God to forgive you, you need to truly repent and seek to be different.
Ellen G. White says that you need to tell God how deeply sorry you are, and mean it. And meaning it implies that you don’t try to defend yourself.
I recall a time when I learned that apology is useless if you have to defend yourself. Don’t come up with an excuse to explain your offense away.
On page 43, Ellen G. White refers to biblical examples such as the poor publican who were haughty and unwilling to call themselves “a sinner.”
In true confession, “there is no excuse for sin or attempt at self-justification.”
Can you be like Paul and call yourself the “Chief of sinners?”
Final Thoughts on Chapters 1-4
By now, you must have a better understanding of Steps to Christ. I can assure you that each page of this book says a whole lot more than is written on the pages.
In the Part 2 of this review, we’ll be considering “Consecration”, “Faith and Acceptance”, “The Test of Discipleship”, “Growing Up in Christ”, and “The Work and the Life.”
These following five chapters provide clarity on the additional steps that you need to take to get it right with your Creator.
Can I tell you this?
I’m still growing. I’m still learning. I’m still taking the steps to Christ.
It’s a beautiful journey, and I don’t want to travel the road alone.
So, I call you to join me as I take these steps.
Are you seeking an understanding of who you really are? Do you think there’s something about your life that’s not right? Are you ready to get real with repentance and confession?
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I’m happy I could share with you all I did today. What did you learn? What thoughts would you like to share with me? Leave your comments below.
Till you read from me again,