Imagine a line of people in a hot desert bringing empty glasses to a freshwater oasis. One by one, they fill their cups with the precious water and drink. But as soon as they lower the cups from their mouths, they begin violently coughing and choking because the water is mixed with poison. It isn’t long before they die.

I know some people who would just as soon give a thirsty person arsenic than water. Now they might not do this literally, but this is exactly what happens when they pervert the gospel of grace. It’s like giving someone a mixture of water and poison. Instead of giving life, it brings death.

We have an obligation to make the gospel so clear and simple that people can’t possibly misunderstand it. Jesus made the gospel easy to understand because He wanted everybody to get saved. We should, too. Eternity hangs in the balance.

Maybe God’s given you the opportunity to teach a Sunday School class, and you’re glad to do it. Be sure to make the gospel clear. It’s possible you’ll meet someone this week who’s never heard the gospel before. Keep it simple. Someday we’ll stand before the Lord and answer for the way we lived and the way we shared our faith. I want God to say of you and me, “You kept the faith and brought others into the fold. Well done.”

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder; it is a howling reproach. — Ted Koppel

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder