Dare 2B Daring – August 10, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” – C.H. Spurgeon
On a recent prison trip, one of our basketball games went into overtime. Matt Parris, one of our best players, was driving to the basket for what could have been the winning basket. However, an inmate refused to allow Matt to score without a fight. And so, even though he was out of position defensively, he grabbed at Matt in desperation. His arms locked around Matt’s legs, just below his knees, and he proceeded to wrestle Matt to the floor like he was roping a calf.
Aside from being illegal, the inmate’s actions were extremely dangerous. He could have easily caused Matt to blow out his knee by tearing his ACL, MCL or some other ligament. However, the inmate was so determined to keep Matt from scoring that he willingly committed a flagrant foul.
Which begs the question posed by Spurgeon in today’s quote…
If we are truly convinced that hell is real, shouldn’t we feel compelled to do everything possible to prevent people – especially our close family and friends – from going there? Yes, even if it requires us doing something dramatic and unorthodox like the misguided but well-intentioned inmate?
Trust me; I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to passing up witnessing opportunities. Like many people, I can always conjure up an excuse such as “I’m too tired”, “//What if they get mad at me?”//, or “I witness to people for a living. Don’t I deserve some time off?”
The answers to those cowardly objections are: “Suck it up”, “Get over it”, and “No!” Simply put, souls are that precious and eternity is that long.
“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President