Tue., Feb. 1/22
Suppose I offered you a million dollars to walk up to a complete stranger and explain his or her need for salvation and God’s means of redemption through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ: Would you do it?
Let me suggest to you that if this incentive in any way alters your present behavior there is very definitely something wrong.
The equation is more accurately, yet still very poorly, illustrated if framed another, truer, way…
Suppose you owed a million dollars and some extremely wealthy benefactor paid this debt for you, then asked you to on his behalf deliver envelopes of like sums to other equally helpless debtors… to be an agent of his benevolence… to share with these recipients their great joy, gratitude and relief! Would you do that?
Would you — out of sheer gratitude and great desire to do something… anything… in return for this benefactor who had given you so much already — would you be his ambassador of this great gift and good news to others?
Let me suggest to you that to refuse him speaks the saddest of testimonies of you, the greatest selfishness of heart, and coldness of compassion toward others in the same great need that was also your own.
But there is great hope for your heart, for the matter can be reversed in an instant. Now, like Paul on the roadway of rebellion having seen a great light, this revelation can now Illumine your mind and heart also. You, like he, can turn about and walk a whole new path. — Will you?