I scrutinized the list of names to see if I recognized any of them, but I did not. It was a list of 116 individuals with their last known addresses whose checks had been returned to a local electric company as undeliverable.
Under the title “Unclaimed Capital Credit Checks” was a plea for anyone who knew them to provide their current address. If I had known any of them and not notified the company or the person, I would be guilty of showing unkindness to someone who might need that check, whether large or small.
But why bother when I have so many other things of my own to do? The golden rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Yet self-centeredness can cause me to do nothing.
An even greater responsibility that Christians have is to share the gospel. Many people don’t know about the wonderful, eternal gift that is theirs for the asking. It is not a gift that must be earned, but an offer purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ and given to all who will accept Him.
Putting the offer in only a few words, the Bible says, “For God’s so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not parish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
To further help us understand, the Bible also says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5: 8). The gift being offered cost Christ His very life.
The Bible also says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not that of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2: 8-9). Our works can’t satisfy a holy God.
We all know people who are unaware of God’s great offer to them. Let us not be selfish and keep the truth of God’s wonderful gift to ourselves. Share it with someone soon.
By: Herb Ragland
(Source: Paul J. Twist)
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