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Saved – or Lost?

The story is told of a young man brought up in a Christian home.  One night he was asked by a friend to an open-air gospel preaching.  It was quite a novel idea to him, so he thought he'd go along - it'd save him going to the chapel.  So he agreed to go with his friend, and the preacher told the “old, old story of unseen things above, of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love” - that old, old story that we love so much; how Jesus came from heaven, went to the cross of Calvary, laid down His life there for needy sinners, and rose again from the grave the third day - the Saviour of God's providing.  He heard that story again, and it just all washed over his head.

But at the end of that preaching, the preacher said to everyone there, "I want you tonight to do something when you get home before you go to bed.  I want you to take a piece of paper and write on it one of two words, either ‘SAVED’ or ‘LOST’."  That’s the solemn reality of the gospel - saved or lost, no in-between.

That young man went home, but not to a restful night's sleep, for those words were constantly in front of his eyes. He knew in his heart he couldn't write ‘SAVED’, because he wasn't.  And God knew he wasn't saved.  But he was utterly determined that he wasn't going to write ‘LOST’, because he knew the hopelessness of what it is to be lost.

For about two weeks after that, that young man struggled in his soul.  Everywhere he went, every day, those two words were in front of him.  Then one night, down on his knees, he was reading Psalm 23, and he found that the Lord Jesus was his Shepherd, the One who had lain down His life for him, and there and then he gave his heart to the Saviour.  His most treasured possession from that moment was a piece of paper, the piece on which he'd written ‘SAVED’ - through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  And on it he put the date when he was saved.

What about you, my friend?  Are you saved?  Have you put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ?  I told you that young man knew the awfulness of what it is to be lost, the hopelessness of it, and it’s no kindness for me in the preaching tonight to hide from you the reality of what this means.  You and I are all lost sinners.  The Bible says it clearly, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  We're all hell-deserving sinners, it's absolutely true!  And, you know, the end of a life without Jesus means an eternity without Him too.

Is that you tonight?  My friend, if I were to tell you to take a piece of paper and write on it tonight the truthful answer to my question, I wonder what your answer would be!  I pray to God that every one of us may know what it is to be able to write, in all truthfulness before God, ‘SAVED’.  May we all be saved, for His name’s sake.

Excerpt from a gospel preaching by Chris Bond

extracted from the Jan 2019 issue of Youthful Days