|Today’s Scripture: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4|
|Wallace Henry Hartley, an English violinist, was the bandleader on the Titanic. During the ship’s brief voyage, the orchestra functioned as two separate entities: a quintet led by violinist and bandleader Wallace Hartley, which serenaded the passengers at teatime, after-dinner concerts, and Sunday services; and the violin, cello, and piano trio that performed at the Restaurant and Café.
After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his fellow band members joined together and began playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. One second-class passenger said: “Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea…” The musicians of the RMS Titanic all perished with the ship when it sank in 1912.
I find this act of bravery worth noting. They were so committed that they quite literally went down with the ship. How many of us as believers are that committed to sharing the clear gospel of grace?
We have the lifeboats, the vests, the rafts, and everything the world needs to find shelter and safety on life’s stormy sea. Yet, we are often unwilling to commit to sharing it with a world that is floundering and grasping at nothing. They are drowning in their sin, desperately seeking for enough peace to glue their shattered lives back together while many of us sit idly by. It is time for us to stop being too embarrassed to share the life-saving truth of salvation.
Are you bold enough to proclaim what you believe until the Lord comes again? Will you commit to using every moment you can to proclaim it? There is not a better time than now to reach the lost. Even though this world’s ship is sinking and problems are all around us, keep calm and witness on!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.