For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
— Romans 1:16
One foggy night in London many years ago, a poor man shuffled into a quaint little music shop on the edge of town. Under his right arm, he held an old violin in terrible condition. “My good sir,” the man said to the shopkeeper, “will you please buy this violin from me so I can get something to eat?”
The clerk took a quick look at the instrument and said, “I have many violins, so I can only give you 5 pounds for this one.” The man agreed, and departed with the money into the foggy night.
As the shopkeeper examined the old beat-up violin, he could hardly believe what he saw carved into the wood: “Antonio Stradivari… 1704.” He ran out into the street to find the man and give him a fair price. But he was gone.
Many Christians are a lot like that poor man. They carry with them something of unimaginable value, the gospel, yet have no idea how much it really is worth. But the truth is, for those who are spiritually dying, it’s the most important thing you could ever share with them.
Don’t go throughout your life concealing the power of God and keeping it to yourself. Understand the amazing power you have in the gospel and use it to rescue the lost from a Christless eternity!
Pray that God would open your eyes anew to the gospel’s amazing value so that you’d be more eager to share it with others.
Questions for Thought
If the good news of Jesus has the power to save people from a Christless eternity, why do you think so many people hesitate to share it with others?
How might your life look differently if you really grasped the gospel’s true value?