Quotes and Notes for the Day
I AM NOT GOING TO A CHRISTLESS GRAVE, ARE YOU?
A lady by the name Luff, a resident of Buffalo, New York, was one of the most diligent tract distributors of her days who found ample opportunities of scattering Gospel seed. Some laughed, some scoffed, some refused and some accepted her silent messengers. One day as she stood by the side of a steamer gazing into the river, the Scripture, “ Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1), was vividly brought before her. She had read of messages received in bottles from ships in distress, why then should she not send a Gospel message in a similar way?
Taking from her basket an empty bottle she folded a four-page Gospel leaflet, entitled, ” I am not going to a Christless grave, Are you?” and placed it in the bottle. After corking the bottle tightly she lifted up her heart to the Lord, asking Him to bless the seed about to be sown, and threw the bottle overboard. Some of the passenger in the steamer nearby who who sow her joked on at the folly of the ” religious crank” and passed Jeering remarks. And eighteen months passed, and Mrs. Luff was visited one morning by a gentleman, who on seeing her, exclaimed, ” Yes, you are the lady I saw, as I was in the steamer the past summer. I saw you do a very strange thing. You rolled up one of the little tracts, placed it in a bottle, corked it, and threw it overboard, much to the amusement of us onlookers.”
Now this was this was the story of that gentleman: At that time he was in a serious financial difficulties, and saw no way out of them. Not having the courage to face his creditors, he resolved to commit suicide. Several times he went to the beach with the object in view, but was mercifully prevented from accomplishing his purpose. Things grew more desperate. At last he determined to put an end to his misery. He took a boat and rowed out on the lake for some time, waiting till the darkness arrived. Pulling in the oars he began to drift with the current, when he perceived an object in front of him.
On getting nearer to it he found that it was a bottle, and the thought immediately suggested itself his mind, ” That is the bottle the lady threw into the river.” Picking it up he knocked of the top, and read the suggestive title, “ I am not going to a Christless grave, are you?” He was stunned by the words that met his gaze. They were God’s message to him. Where was he going? If he took the fatal leap, where would he spend eternity? Believing there was far more worse than disgrace, he pulled himself to the shore, and striking a light he read the tract, and there and then accepted Christ as his Saviour, and found rest and peace in believing.
With fresh courage and strength he called his creditors together, told them his difficulties, and promised to pay them in full if they would give him time. They accepted his offer, and he paying them up gradually. This tract was blessed by the merchant and numbers of others written by Mrs. Luff. She described the incident that led her to write that tract several years ago.
She narrated thus; ” I got into a street car in Buffalo, and when the conductor came for the fare I gave a leaflet, ” Where hell is.” As I handed it to him he laughed, and said, “You always give me one of these religious papers; I suppose you think me a very wicked fellow, but I am as good as they make them.” I held up my Bible, and asked, ” Do you see this book? It tells me, ” the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9) and that means your heart and mine. It does not sound very good does it?
“oh, well’, he said, ‘ there is plenty of time for me to think about these things; I am still young.‘ ‘Yes, I said, but if you go into any grave yard you will see graves of all sizes’. Again the young man laughed and said, ‘ there is plenty of time for me.’ On leaving the car, I said, ‘Remember the time is short, and you need not go to a Christless grave and hell; Jesus died for you.’ The young man had only been a conductor eight weeks, but during that time I had often met him, and always gave him a tract. And as this was not a busy line I often had a little talk with him.
One day travelling by the same car, another conductor was there, who told me, that the young conductor I have been talking, had intended going for an afternoon’s pleasure, but in jumping from one car to another had missed his footing was run over by the car, and injured so that in a few hours he died. I felt very badly about that, thinking he had indeed found a Christless grave, but later in the day I was told that he had accepted Christ as his Saviour, and wished me to know that he was not going to a Christless grave. I went to his home, and as I looked on that young man’s dead face I could not help thinking what an awful warning to any one who thinks there is plenty of time.”
Friend, ” Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2nd Corinthians :6:2) ” Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord, though you sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).
A Searching sinner and A Seeking Saviour Will Always Meet !!
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.