Devotion day 23
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
Let me share the story of Charlie Stride, the taxi driver as told by R. T. Kendall, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London.
“One morning, Saturday, one of our tract distribution teams handed a tract to Charlie that I had written called “What Is Christianity.” Charlie reckoned he had received dozens of tracts over the thirty years he had been a taxi driver, but this tract for some reason “shook me rigid.” He came to the chapel the following Saturday morning, hoping someone would make him feel better and explain about the tract, which he had read several times during the week. They brought him to me. He was in tears. As Charlie and I sat in the back seat of his taxi the first thing he said was, “If what you say is true in this tract, I am going to hell – is that right?” “I’m afraid so,” I replied. I assured him that this destiny could be changed at once. I then presented the Gospel to him. It was the best news he had ever heard. Charlie was like a ripe fruit waiting to be plucked. He prayed to receive Christ that Saturday morning and became a trophy of grace.”
Martin Luther referred to John 3:16 as the Bible in a nutshell: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The words “shall not perish” is a direct reference to your destiny after death.
The words “and inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:17) points to the heart of the matter: we are all going to die, and we must face God at the judgment seat of Christ.
As we have opportunity to share Christ or answer questions regarding eternity do not be afraid to share the full gospel!