“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I
am God, and
there is no other. (Isaiah
A young man was 16 years old, on his way to church in a snowstorm. The snow was so
heavy that the young man couldn’t get to his own church, so he stopped at a little Methodist chapel.
The preacher had not been able to get to the church because of the storm. Instead,
a layman stood to speak just a few unprepared words. He chose his text from Isaiah: “Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!!” (Isaiah 45:22 ESV)
The layman elaborated in his impromptu message: “It says, ‘Look.’ That does not take
a great effort. It ain’t lifting your foot or your finger; it is just ‘look.’ ”
“A man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet
you can look.”
“And a man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; A child can
“And it says, ‘Look unto me.’ Many of you are looking to yourselves. You’ll never
find comfort in yourselves. No use looking there.”
“Look unto Me: I am sweating great drops of blood. Look unto Me, I am hanging on the
Cross. Look: I am dead and buried. Look unto me: I rise again. Look unto Me: I ascend; I am sitting at the Father’s right hand. O, look to Me. Look to Me.”
He continued that way for about 10 minutes, and then ran out of anything else to say.
Finally, the old man looked up at the young man and – with so few people present – recognized he was a stranger.
“Young man,” the old man said, “you look very miserable.” And he did.
The old man continued, “And you will always be miserable – miserable in life and miserable
in death – if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.”
Then the old man shouted, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ.”
And in that one moment, because of that one verse – the young man looked to Jesus
and was saved.
His name was Charles Spurgeon. He became the greatest preacher of his day.
The power of God to open the blind eyes of us sinners and reveal His grace in the
Gospel is so magnificent. He can use unprepared men who get up and share at church in a time of need, he can use donkeys as he did with Balaam in Numbers 22, and he can use you.
The power of the gospel does not lie in your ability to be eloquent or convincing.
Rather the power of the gospel is found in God Himself. He doesn’t need us but he chooses to use our sharing the gospel with others as the means by which they come to Christ. What an amazing privilege.
When was the last time you shared the gospel, trusting that God is the one who is
responsible for the results?
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 09/05/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under