Today’s Scripture: Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:37


Back in 2013, there was a couple who brought their son, Nathan1, to the sand dunes in Indiana. As Nathan followed his father out on the sand, all of a sudden, he stepped into a sinkhole and began to be buried alive. Immediately, Nathan’s father and another man furiously tried to dig him out, but the more they dug, the deeper Nathan sank.

As the sand rapidly buried Nathan alive, rescue workers were called. After 3 ½ hours, they finally dug him out. Miraculously, the boy was alive and was sent to a nearby hospital. Doctors were worried he would have brain damage from a lack of oxygen, but that was not the case. He had a full recovery and is doing well.

Can you imagine what the parents were going through during that whole ordeal? I am certain that they would have done anything to save their child from under the 11 feet of sand. They didn’t tell the firefighters, “Yes, please save our son, but we only have $50 to spend. Once you use up the money you’ll have to quit.” No! They were willing to save their son at any cost.

We need to have the same urgency to save the lost from an eternal lake of fire. We better not tell God we will only give him 10% of our time, or we will only do His will when we are available. We ought to be willing to give up everything to point the lost to Christ. There is nothing we could give that is more valuable than a person’s soul. To give up our time, our money, our conveniences, and even our life is well worth the result if one more soul is rescued from Hell. We must win the lost at any cost.

1Pamela Brown and Anne Claire Stapleton, CNN, “Doctors hope for full recovery for 6-year-old trapped hours in sand dune”

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.