What happens when what goes up doesn’t come down? A routine journey out to sea with a captain, his crew, and his young son soon turned into an emergency situation. The captain’s son had climbed the rigging to the top of the ship mast, but could not come down. Storm clouds gathered, and the ship began to lurch and toss. Realizing his son’s imminent danger, the captain yelled to him, “Son, as the ship lurches, drop into the sea, and we will pull you to safety!”

The young boy refused to let go. His father drew a pistol and pointed it at him. The boy decided he needed no further motivation and fell into the sea, where he was promptly rescued by the crewmen.

Would you be willing to take such drastic measures to save your child’s life? How about his soul? The Bible tells us, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men . . .” (2 Corinthians 5:11a). Lives are hanging in the balance between the flames of Hell and the sea of salvation. If you refuse to persuade people, they may fall to their demise.

Perhaps you are saying to yourself, “Pastor Jim, that sounds great, but I don’t want to offend people. I might lose many friends if I try to win them to Christ.” Christian, the most loving thing you can do for a friend is to draw the “Sword of the Spirit” and share the convicting truth of the gospel with him or her. A good friend would do whatever it took to save another friend’s life. Are you willing to show how much you love the lost today?

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If I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love. — Amy Carmichael

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.