In his book, Sermon Starters, Charles W. Koller tells about a newspaper photo of a man falling to the ground from the window ledge of a tall building. He had decided to take his life. Before the plunge, rescuers had begged him to come back into the building. The crowd that had gathered below urged him not to jump, but in spite of all their pleas he made the fatal leap. It was his choice.
The decision to receive or reject Christ is a personal matter – something no one can do for us. Ministers may warn with great eloquence about the sad fate awaiting the ungodly who persist in their unbelief. Friends may plead, invite, reason with, and try to persuade the lost to receive Christ. But only those who personally respond will escape spiritual, eternal death.
Those who don’t know Christ are lost, and they will have no one to blame but themselves. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
Each individual must receive Christ for himself. Remember, others would do it for you if they could, but they can’t. It’s a personal matter. Have you made that decision? – Richard W. De Haan
“Whosoever will” – the promise is secure,
“Whosoever will” – forever must endure;
“Whosoever will” – ‘tis life forevermore:
“Whosoever will” may come. – Bliss
Of all creation, only man can say yes or no to God.
- June 26, 1990, Our Daily Bread