Risk-Takers (Mark 8:36)

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Many accidental deaths result from taking risks. That’s the conclusion of an organization in Canada that is seeking to decrease accidents between cars and trains. Roger Cyr, national director of Operation Lifesaver, puts most of the blame for fatalities on drivers who are risk-takers. “Studies have shown that when people hear a train whistle their minds tell them to accelerate their speed,” say Cyr.

About 43 percent of the accidents occur at crossings equipped with flashing lights and bells or gates. Cyr also said that many drivers “even have the audacity to drive around or under gates.” They take the risk, thinking they can beat the train and somehow miss the collision – but with tragic consequences!

A far more serious kind of risk-taking happens all around us every day. Thousands of people ignore the biblical warning that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Life is like a hazardous crossing. To take a chance, by ignoring the light of God’s Word and refusing His salvation, is to risk one’s soul.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). Don’t risk your soul. Put your trust in Christ. Then you can cross safely in to eternity. – Paul R. Van Gorder

Haste, O sinner, to the Savior!

Seek His mercy while you may;

Soon the day of grace is over;

Soon your life will pass away. – Reed

Christ’s cross provides the only safe crossing into eternity.

  • April 6, 1991, Our Daily Bread