by Wylie Fulton
Dear Concerned Friend,
There is one thing that should be uppermost in your mind:
ďIf I gained the world, but missed the Saviour,
ďFor what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world. and lose his own soul?Ē (Matthew 16:26). Think seriously as I try to write about your soul concerns one more time this side of eternity. Some are not saved because they spend all of their time finding fault with believers, setting up standards of their own which none can measure up to, judging others and overlooking their own condition. ďFor with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the most that is in thy brotherís eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?Ē (Matthew 7:2-3). You may even be critical of some of the Lordís true servants, because you judge outwardly and with critical bias; you are incapable of judging righteous judgment. Read John 7:24. You donít see yourself a Hell-deserving sinner; you are too busy judging others. May God awaken you, if this is your problem. You will not come into the light, sinner, until this critical spirit is broken.
Yes, there are a thousand and one reasons why people are not savedóand weíre looking at it from the human standpoint, I know. But the underlying reason in each case is that they simply do not see themselves as lost, helpless, needy sinners. ďFor the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.Ē (Luke 19:10). If a man truly sees himself lost and at his witís end, he will be dropping every excuse, avoiding every hindrance, separating from every friend, breaking off every habit, leaving everything in the world behindóand that sinner will be looking to CHRIST alone. Christ came to save only lost sinnersóthe whole donít need the Great Physician, but those who are conscious of their sin-sickness. Youíve got to be a candidate for salvation, and a man who can prop himself up and go on in his critical spirit is never going to be saved. Youíve got to be a guilty sinner, and, man, I donít mean you will need to go out and sin some more. You are guilty, already guilty, already judged, already condemned, already on the death row, in the condemned cell, awaiting execution. Do you see it? Do you tremble when you hear a little shuffling of feet behind you, thinking it is the executioner coming to take you to the gallows? Are you fearful of the consequences of your sin? You have sinned; you are guilty; donít deny it, but face it. ďThe soul that sinneth, it shall die.Ē Thatís you. Thatís me. May God awaken us and strip us and bring us before Him as beggars, as objects of mercy!
TO BE SAVED IS THE GREATEST THING IN LIFE. The Bible says so. All of lifeís experiences say so. Death says so. Eternity screams that it is so. I know itís so, and you do too if you will be honest. Well, what is your greatest object? What is your supreme attainment? More money? A larger house? A new car or boat or diamond, or membership and recognition in the clubs and societies of the day? Ah, no! Wealth and attainment, fame and fortune, material possessions and acclaim, cannot help you. When you come to lie down on the cold pillow of death, what would you give just to know that your soul is right with God? Oh, dear friend, it may be too late then. Your affections must be set on things above NOW! The salvation of your ever-living soul must become important to you NOW! GOD and CHRIST must become the chief objects of your search NOW! The ďday of salvationĒ is NOW! Your justification and adoption into Godís family must become weighty concerns NOW!
Jehovah God says in Jeremiah, ďYe shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heartĒ (Jeremiah 29:13). Thatís the time! And that wholehearted seeking time needs to be RIGHT NOW! THIS DAY! THIS HOUR! THIS MINUTE! It is only when a sinnerís heart is emptied out from worldly ambition that he really goes out after Christ as the Pearl of Great Price. And so I must now take my leave of you, and would impress on you this one thought: Christ can only become real to a broken heart. Has your heart ever been broken over its sin and need? Have you ever come to Christ? If not, Iím praying that you will. May Godís eternal grace abide upon you.
Iíll be anxiously checking my mail box for a letter from you! Write me and let me know how God is working in your heart and life. As I love to tell the story, I also love to hear it.
Your soulís friend, for the Lordís sake,
Wylie W. Fulton
Wylie Fulton is a Christian author and webmaster. You can visit his website at: http://fountainsofgrace.blogspot.com.
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