One of the best things about being a kid is having birthday parties. And the best thing about a birthday party is opening presents! Our conversion is like a spiritual birthday. God gives us a new birth into His family.
CPR is a useful emergency procedure. It's also a great way to understand how God begins converting us. Although we can't "make a decision" for Him, He makes a decision for us.
Have you ever seen a movie when a character is caught in quicksand? That's actually a pretty good picture of us in our sinful state. God invented the "plan of salvation" to pull us out of the quicksand of sin.
Have you ever been so mad you had to hit something? That's how God felt about us! But He took out His anger on Jesus so we could be forgiven.
Christian churches encourage people to "make a decision" for Jesus. But is this a decision we can make? Are we saved because we choose God, or because He chooses us?