Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Wise words, Blackeagle, and thank you!
A skeptic promised British preacher Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) that he would attend his church for four Sundays on which Maclaren would be presenting the main tenets of Christianity. The skeptic listened intently to Maclaren's sermons.
After the fourth message he presented himself for church membership, saying he had received Christ as his Savior.
Maclaren was delighted and could not resist the impulse to ask which of the four sermons brought him to this decision.
The skeptic replied, "Your sermons, sir, were helpful, but they were not what finally persuaded me."
He said that after church one Sunday as he was helping an elderly lady on a slippery walk, she looked up into his face and said, "I wonder if you know my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is everything in the world to me. I would like you to know Him too."
The skeptic said, "That remark sent me home, where on my knees I found Christ for myself."
That story has a particular meaning for me, because when I was saved, there had been many people praying for me, and I thank God for every one of them! At the actual time of my salvation, however, I was at home alone, like the skeptic in this story.
I think there is something so stone cold and hard in the heart of an atheist that they cannot show the ‘weakness’ that is necessary for salvation to any living human being.
Keep this in mind when you witness to such a person; do not be discouraged when they do not seem to let their guard down for a second, because their salvation will probably come when there are no witnesses to it!
The idea that one must walk down the aisle of a church, and confess Jesus Christ as their savior at the altar in front of the congregation is simply not true.
Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV);
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
May God bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.