This is the testimony of a Chinese Christian (quoted by Rick Warren in yesterday’s Daily Hope Blog):
“I walked through the road of life and had fallen into a great ditch. The ditch was filled with depression, discouragement, and sin. As I lay in that ditch, Mohammed came along and said, ‘It’s your fault you’re in the ditch. You offended Allah, and this is your just punishment.’ Then Marx came by and said, ‘You’re in the ditch because of class warfare. You must revolt.’ But after the government changed, I was still in my ditch. Then Buddha came along and said, ‘You’re not really in that ditch. You just think you’re there. It’s all an illusion of the mind. Be at peace.’ Then Confucius came by and said, ‘Here are the 10 steps of self-attainment by which you can get out of your ditch. If you will struggle, you will climb out eventually.’ But as much as I struggled and strained, I couldn’t get out of the ditch, because it was too deep.
“Then one day, Jesus Christ came by and saw me in my ditch. Without a word, he took off his white robe and got down in the muddy ditch with me. Then he lifted me up with his strong arms and got me out of the ditch. Thank God that Jesus did for me what I could not do for myself.”
LOVE LIFTED ME by Howard Smith and James Rowe
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more.
But the Master of the sea
From the waters lifted me.
Now safe am I.
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me.
Jesus completely saves
He will lift you by his love
Out of the angry waves
Billows His will obey
He your savior wants to be
Be saved today. Refrain.
Matthew 14:29-31a — Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
Romans 7:24-25a — Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. (NLT)
Psalm 40:1-2 — I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Acts 16:31a — Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a poor sinner. Amen.
–The ancient Jesus prayer
God gives to man the trees of the forest and the iron in the ground. He gives man the brains to make an ax and nails from the iron, and the energy to cut down the tree, the skill to fashion the wood into beams. God gives man the cleverness to make a handle from the wood, and head from the iron, and combine it into an effective hammer. Then man takes the beams, the nails, and the hammer and he nails God to the cross — where God willingly stretched out His arms, dying on the cross to take the guilt and penalty man’s sin deserved, to make a new, restored relationship between God and man possible.
–David Guzik, pastor at Calvary Chapel, Santa Barbara, California