“To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 3:7, 8 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27 “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2
Rich Or Poor?
One day William Reynolds, a Sunday School Missionary, went to see an old man in Illinois who boasted of being an infidel. The people told Mr. Reynolds not to speak to him about his soul because it would make him very angry. The old man asked Mr. Reynolds to go up with him into the cupola of his barn and look at his great farm. When they got up there, he said, “Mr. Reynolds, I came out here a poor boy when I was eighteen and I didn’t own a cent, and now I own everything you can see in every direction. Do you see those big fields of waving grain? Do you see those great pastures and meadow lands? Do you see the great stretch of woodland? Do you see those great herds of cattle and droves of sheep? They are all mine!” said the old infidel, as he pointed in the four directions of the compass.
“Well,” said Mr. Reynolds, “You are a pretty rich man in all those directions, but how much do you own in that direction?” pointing to Heaven.
The rich old farmer looked up, and then he dropped his head on his breast and said, “I guess I don’t own very much in that direction.”
“What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Heaven pity you, my friend; if you are unsaved, you are a pauper in the sight of God! But the man who has trusted fully in Christ’s finished work on Calvary for his salvation is rich beyond all comparison.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
I Am Not Going To A Christless Grave – Are You?
I got into a street car in Buffalo, and when the conductor came for the fare I gave him the leaflet, “Where Hell Is.” As I handed it to him he laughed, and said, “You always give me one of those religious papers; I suppose you think I’m a very wicked fellow, but I am as good as they make them.” I held up my Bible and asked, “Do you see this Book? It tells me ‘the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.’ Jeremiah 17:9. That means your heart and mine. It does not sound so very good, does it?” “Oh, well,” he said, “there is plenty of time for me to think about those things; I am young.” “Yes,” I said, “but if you go into any graveyard you will see graves of all sizes.” A little girl once asked her Mother how old one must be before they die. The wise Mother gave her child a long piece of string and told her to go into the graveyard and measure the graves, and every time she measured to tie a knot. Soon after the child came back with the string full of knots. “Look, Mother, the graves are all sizes.” “Yes, dear, that is when people die, at all times and ages.” Again the young man laughed and said, “There is plenty of time for me.” On leaving the car I said, “Remember the time is short, and you need not go to a Christless grave and Hell; Jesus died for You.” This young man had only been a conductor six or eight weeks, but during that time I had often met him, and always gave him a tract. As this was not a busy line, I often had a little talk with him and other conductors. Also we have some who, like Epaphras, labor fervently in prayer, (Colossians 4:12).
The next morning I travelled by the same car, but a new conductor was there who told me that the one I had spoken to the day before had intended going for an afternoon’s pleasure, but in jumping from one car to another had missed his footing, was run over by the car and injured, so that in a few hours he died. I felt very badly, thinking he had indeed found a Christless grave, but later in the day I was told that he had accepted the Saviour, and wished me to know that he was not going to a Christless grave. I went to his home and as I looked on that man’s dead face I could not help thinking what an awful warning to any one who thinks there is plenty of time.
Are you going to a Christless grave? If you are not converted to God, if you are not “born again,” John 3:3, then you are on the broad road that leads to eternal perdition. Hurry up, as there is no time to lose. God’s Word declares, “Because there is wrath, beware lest He take thee away with His stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.” Job 36:18. God loves you and is waiting to be gracious. He so loved you as to give His beloved Son to die in your stead, that you might not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Through simple faith in the Gospel of God’s grace you will pass from death into life, from darkness into light (John 5:24). Why not now accept Jesus as your Saviour? Don’t resist the Holy Spirit and keep the door of your heart barred against the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31