Have you ever been sharing your faith with an unbeliever only to have them look at you blankly and say, “I don’t understand what you mean by faith.”? How do you respond? Today’s devotional will give you a lot of help. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
ITEM_TITLEActs 16:31 ESV
31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
“A boy at sea who was very fond of mounting to the masthead, one day climbed to the maintop, and could not get down again. The sea was very rough, and it was seen that, in a little while, the boy would fall on the deck, and be dashed to pieces. His father saw but one way of saving his life. Seizing a speaking-trumpet, he shouted, ‘Boy, the next time the ship lurches, drop into the sea.’ The next time the ship lurched, the boy looked down, and, not at all liking the idea of throwing himself into the sea, still clung to the mast. The father, who saw that the boy’s strength would soon fail him, took a gun in his hand, and cried out, ‘Boy, if you don’t drop into the sea the next time the ship lurches, I’ll shoot you!’ The boy knew his father meant it, and the next time the ship lurched, he leaped into the sea. It seemed liked certain destruction, but out went a dozen brawny arms, and he was saved. The sinner, in the midst of the storm, thinks he must cling to the mast of his good works, and so be saved. Says the gospel, ‘Let go your own works, and drop into the ocean of God’s grace.’ ‘No,’ says the sinner, ‘it is a long way between me and God’s grace; I must perish if I trust to that; I must have some other reliance.’ ‘If you have any other reliance than that, you are lost.’ Up comes the thundering law, and declares to the sinner that, unless he does give up every dependence, he will be lost. Then follows the happy moment when the sinner says, ‘Dear Lord, I give up all my dependence, and cast myself on thee; I take thee, Jesus, to be my one object in life, my only trust, the refuge of my soul.’”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1899), p. 155]