1 Kings 13:20-22, Now it came about, as they were sitting down at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back; and he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have disobeyed the command of the LORD, and have not observed the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, but have returned and eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which He said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water”; your body shall not come to the grave of your fathers.'”
Acts 24:25, And as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time, I will summon you.”
Almost Isn’t Enough
George Barber worked two years as a security officer at a local hotel. At 2:00 A.M. that morning he was going to quit to become supervisor in a security company. At midnight, as he roamed the buildings and grounds of the vast complex, he encountered a suspicious vehicle on the third-floor parking lot. Suddenly, his call for assistance crackled over the security office radio, then . . . gunshots. Officers rushed to help and found him lying on the pavement, several gunshots in his chest and shoulder. Six bullet holes in the door of an abandoned car offered mute testimony that he had gone down only after trading shots with his assailant.
After ten years as a city policeman and two years at the hotel, one hundred twenty minutes before he would have left his job – George Barber was dead! Life shouldn’t happen that way. When you get that close you should be able to finish your term, your job, your plans. But not in this case; and, sad to say, not in many cases.
Many people get close to God’s kingdom, but not in. They are almost, but not quite, convinced. They nearly accept Christ, but never do. However near they come, they fall short. Whatever effort they make to gain entrance, they remain outside grace. What an imponderable disaster for those who nearly or almost become Christians – for close doesn’t count. Near is not in.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
The most important question concerning any man living is this: Is he a saved soul or not? Is he a child of God or an heir of wrath? – Spurgeon
Salvation is not something that is done for you but something that happens within you. It is not the clearing of a court record, but the transformation of a life attitude. – Palmer
Human nature’s way of salvation is, “Do, do, do.” But God’s way of salvation is, “Done, done, it is all done.” You have but to rely by faith on the atonement that Christ accomplished on the cross. – Spurgeon
I believe a man may be as vile as hell itself one moment and be saved the next. – D.L. Moody