Until eight years ago I didn't know there was anything in me that was valuable. I only thought about dollars and cents. I am not going up and down the country to get the shekels. God saved me when I had a million and a half dollars' worth of masonry work in Washington, D. C. He called out a business man, but I had a soul that was worth more than all the buildings I could possibly erect. There is such a thing as being "up and out." Not many people are going after that class. Folks usually concentrate on those who are "down and out." There are many today who, so far as material things are concerned, have everything they think they need, yet they are poor and naked and miserable because they have not yet been born again. You would never have heard of men in a Christian club if it had not been for this marvelous born-again experience in my life.
You can cultivate the soil for vegetable life, but unless you sow the seed there will be no results. The same principle applies in human life. A giver of life as well as a receiver is required. This is equally true in the spiritual realm. There has to be a Giver and He is still giving. That agency is the Holy Spirit. This Word of God is the Seed, and the minute a heart is opened to Him, God drops into it the Seed, and that person is born into the family of God. He gave the best He had in Heaven to save my soul.—Gospel Herald.
Did you ever notice what the unconverted man lives on? In Hosea he feeds on the east wind: not very satisfying. In Proverbs he feeds on foolishness: not very substantial. In Luke 15 he feeds on husks; and in Isaiah on ashes. Come and feed on the Bread of Life, sinner, and "if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever."—The King's Business.
In a mission station there was a convert who could hear and read, but not speak. He was proposed for baptism, but the pastor and brethren hesitated, feeling it impossible to gain from his speechless lips adequate proof that he was sincere and ready for church membership. He was brought before the church, however, and asked this question: "What is the ground of your belief that there is salvation for you in Christ?" He instantly arose and proceeded to answer by signs. He put his hands on his breast with a gesture of loathing, then stepped forward and looked down as into a pit, from which he shrank back in terror; drawing near again, he seemed to see something just beyond; then he made the sign of the cross — Jesus was there! Again he looked into the pit and smiled, then pointed to Heaven with a smile of ecstasy. Jesus had died for his sins, and was risen forever to make intercession for him.—Indian Witness.
The famous publicist, H. G. Wells, writes in an issue of Pearsons:
"The world is now a very tragic and anxious world and the desire for a peace of mind and a courage such as only deep and pure convictions can supply has never been so pure and so widespread. More people are asking today, and asking with a new intensity: 'What must I do to be saved?' The trouble with the Christian churches is that they give a confused, unconvincing, and unsatisfying answer."
Whatever criticisms befall Mr. Wells' grievous indictment of the church, it must be admitted that a "confused, unconvincing, and unsatisfying" answer is being given in many places to the exceedingly important and personal question, "What must I do to be saved?" But however much the "Christian churches" may be charged with "darkening counsel by words without knowledge," there is a BOOK which gives a clear, convincing, and satisfying answer. That Book is the Bible.
If it is true as Mr. Wells says: "More people are asking today, and asking with a new intensity: 'What must I do to be saved?'" it is due them to hear the original answer to the question. That answer is recorded in Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."—Tract.
One evening the chief of the Delaware Indians was sitting by a fireside with a friend. Both were silently looking into the fire. At last his friend broke the silence by saying: "I have been thinking of a rule delivered by the Author of the Christian religion, which we call the Golden Rule." "Stop," said the chief, "don't praise it; tell me what it is, and let me think for myself." He was told that the rule was for one man to do to another as he would have the other do to him. "That's impossible; it cannot be done," hastily replied the Indian. Silence followed. In about fifteen minutes the Indian said: "Brother, I have been thoughtful of what you told me. If the Great Spirit who made man would give him a new heart, he could do as you say, but not else."—Book of Bible Stories.
Walter Lippman, the newspaperman, in concluding his imaginary dialogue between a Modernist and a Fundamentalist, makes the Modernist ask that the question be discussed without heat. But the Fundamentalist says, "Has it ever occurred to you that this advice is easier for you to follow than for me?" "How so?" asked the Modernist. "Because for me an eternal plan of salvation is at stake. For you there is nothing at stake but a few tentative opinions, none of which means anything to your happiness. Your request that I should be tolerant and amiable is, therefore, a suggestion that I submit the foundation of my life to the destructive efforts of your skepticism, your indifference, and your good nature. You ask me to smile and to commit suicide."—Heart and Life.
When a Duxbury, Mass., man refused to pay one-cent postage due on a letter, it was returned to the Plymouth dead-letter office. Postmaster Wm. Goodwin disclosed that when the letter was opened, it contained a $450 check. It will be returned to the sender in Boston. Kindly reserve your criticism of the man who refused to pay one cent for a check-laden letter until you have answered this question: "Have I received the message on which nothing is due and which offers me that which money cannot buy and works cannot secure: Eternal Life?" Here is the message: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Is that priceless message but a dead letter to you, to be sent back to the sender, the Lord Jesus Christ?—Now.
Unsaved men often see the advantages of salvation. The Christ-rejecting world is not wholly blind to the beauties of Christ. A letter from the Japan Evangelistic Band, bringing "Hallelujah News from Japan," tells of a Japanese who was saved some time ago and then who fell back into his old ways and took to drinking again. He found this to be bottomless quicksand that was rapidly engulfing him. "Called to the police station, he was told that he was no trouble to them while attending the Christian church (he had a prison record), and was advised by the police to go back to his Christian experience!" That was good advice, even if it came from those who were not taking it to themselves. The backslidden Japanese Christian "is not yet fully back but is on the way." Let us pray that he may speedily come back all the way, and that believers in Christian lands who have turned away from the Lord will heed the sound counsel of the Japanese police.—Sunday School Times.