August 19 Day 233
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matt 10:39
A Young Lawyer Finds Strength in His Weakness – Can a Drunkard Enter into the Kingdom of God?
Photo Credit: Scofield Papers library.dts.edu
Many years ago in St. Louis, a young lawyer visited a Christian to transact some business. Before the two parted, his client said to him, “I’ve often wanted to ask you a question, but I’ve been afraid to do so.”
“What do you want to know?” asked the lawyer.
The man replied, “You are such a man of great integrity; I’ve wondered why you’re not a Christian.”
The saddened lawyer hung his head, “I know enough about the Bible to realize that it says no drunkard can enter the kingdom of God, and you know my weakness!”
“That does not answer my question,” continued the believer.
“Well, truthfully, I can’t recall anyone ever explaining how to become a Christian.”
Picking up a Bible, the client read some passages showing that all are under condemnation, but that Christ came to save the lost by dying on the cross for their sins. “By receiving Him as your Substitute and Redeemer,” he said, “you can be forgiven. If you’re willing to receive Jesus, let’s pray together.”
The lawyer agreed, and when it was his turn to pray, he exclaimed, “Oh Jesus, I am a slave to drink. One of your servants has shown me how to be saved. O God, forgive my sins and help me overcome the power of this terrible habit in my life.” Right there he was converted.
That lawyer was C. I. Scofield, who later edited the reference Bible that today bears his name. The Scofield Bible.
Words to Think About…
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“(Disregard your feelings because) Justification takes place in the mind of God, not in the nervous system of the believer.” – C.I. Scofield
“Don’t worry about the future–worry quenches the work of grace within you. The future belongs to God. He is in charge of all things. Never second-guess him.“- Francois Fenelon 17th-century French Bishop
It was the trademark of John Newton (1725 – 1807), when his memory had almost completely gone, that he would never forget two things:
- That he was a great sinner.
- That Jesus Christ was his great and mighty Savior.
Newton’s tombstone reads, “John Newton, Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy.” But a far greater testimony outlives Newton in the most famous of the hundreds of hymns he wrote:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.