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Food for Thought

"Mighty to save"

Preparations were being made for a village fair the following day, and quite a crowd had gathered to watch all that was going on.  Two Christian men took the opportunity to give out gospel booklets to the people.  When their supply of booklets was finished, one of them decided to say a few words about God's way of salvation through the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross.  When he stopped speaking, a woman came over from a caravan and asked if they would come and talk with her husband.  She told them "My husband is a prize boxer and is happy when he is fighting, but when he is not fighting he is miserable".

Walking over to the caravan, wondering what awaited them, they silently asked God to help them.  Ascending the steps of the caravan, it took a few moments for their eyes to become accustomed to the gloom, but there sitting inside was the woman’s husband, a large, imposing man who was obviously in despair.  But taking courage, they discovered a door of opportunity had been opened to them as they told him of the Saviour's love.  Their prayers were being answered.

For the first time in his wandering life, the boxer heard the story of the God who "so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).  God had prepared his heart to receive the Word, and the message was like water to a thirsty soul.  As they spoke with him of the love of God, his face became earnest, and he longed to know the joy that he had long sought in his pleasures at the fair, but had never found.  Not until he and his wife asked God for His forgiveness did they know true peace, and both came into the joy of trusting in the atoning work of Jesus on Calvary's cross.

A week or two later there was a fair in another village and one of the Christians decided to take some more gospel booklets to it.  On reaching the fairground he was surprised and delighted to hear a loud voice sounding out the gospel message.  Imagine his feelings as he followed the voice to its source, and found himself in a great crowd of people gathered around the boxing ring, and the boxer himself appealing in power to his listeners to trust the Saviour as he was doing.

The same Saviour is available today, in whom you can trust for time and eternity.  Ask God for His forgiveness today and He can grant it because He has a righteous basis on which to do it – “repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).  The punishment we deserve for our sins has been borne in full by Jesus at Calvary.


Food for Thought

God opens doors today.  Doors to persons in need of the gospel.  Even caravan doors!  Doors to situations where sincere love for souls and complete dependence on God go hand in hand.  Dear young believer, remember this - opportunities missed may well be opportunities lost.  So, when God opens a door for you to proclaim the gospel, tell the message from your heart!  Tell what Jesus has done for you!


extracted from the May 2017 issue of Youthful Days