07 March, 2007

What Are You Depending On?

I have been taking a short break from blogging, but a friend sent the following to me in an email this morning, copied from his devotional written by Rick Godwin. I found it was too good not to pass it on.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but…it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV
What are you depending on?
There’s a broken rope on display at the Alpine Museum in Bern, Switzerland. It’s associated with a tragic story. Some climbers who scaled the Matterhorn roped themselves together for the return descent, but one slipped and dragged 3 others with him into an abyss. The other climbers braced for the shock on the rope that linked them together, expecting it to halt their companions’ fall. The tug came, but then to everyone’s horror the rope snapped, plunging their 4 friends to their death. Nobody knows why an inferior rope was used for such a hazardous venture, but they do know it wasn’t genuine Alpine Club rope which was guaranteed and distinguished by a red strand running through it.
Just as reliable equipment is crucial in preparing for the life-and-death adventure of mountain climbing, it’s even more essential in preparing for the most important journey you’ll ever make; the one from here to eternity. And an “anything-goes” attitude…loose connections to the church…casual claims that you’re doing your best…and fuzzy notions about God’s indulgence, won’t cut it. Solomon said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but…it leads to death.”
And Peter says: “Jesus is the only One who can save” (Acts 4:12 NCV). Assurance of a place in heaven comes only through accepting Jesus as your personal Savior, believing that He died for your sins and rose again to give you everlasting life. No more will be asked; no less will get you in. Today Jesus is waiting to save you – will you let Him?

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