Trying Or Trusting

Read: Romans 4: 1 – 8

“Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”. – Revelation 22:17

Evangelist George Needham visited a rich and prominent man. Needham asked the busy man one quick question, “Are you saved?” “No,” replied the rich man, “but I’m trying to be a Christian.” “How long have you been trying?” Needham asked. “For 12 years,” he answered. The evangelist responded, “Permit me to say that you have been very foolish You have been trying for so many years, yet you haven’t succeeded. If I were you, I would give up trying and start trusting.”

That evening, to Needhams surprise, the man came to the church where he was preaching. His face reflected a look of peace and joy that the evangelist hadn’t seen earlier in the day. After the meeting, the visitor said to Needham, “I have been foolish indeed, wasting twelve precious years of life vainly trying, when salvation could have been mine by simply trusting.”

The Bible does not tell us to work or do or try to be saved. The apostle Paul said, “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Rom 4:5). The only way to receive eternal life is to stop trying and start trusting Jesus. – PRV

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus.
Just from sin and self to cease,
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace. – Stead


Taken from Our Daily Bread