Listen to the Call

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“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelation 22:17

 

This is the last recorded invitation in the Bible. The population of Heaven is described as a bride in the Bible and Heaven is calling you to come to the Savior and be saved.

 

A God-rejecting man joined the Texas Rangers many years ago just to get away from it all. Then the War Between the States broke out and he was mustered into the Confederate Army. He went from battle to battle and returned home a cripple on crutches and deeply in debt.

 

His father, a pious preacher, died of a broken heart because he would not become a Christian. His mother, a Christ-like Christian, begged him to attend just one more church service, even though he said he would never go to church.

 

He yielded to her tearful invitation and went to one more service. The sermon did not stir him, and he got up to leave still unsaved. But suddenly several older women who loved the Lord stood around the piano and started to sing:

 

O land of rest for thee I sigh,

When will the moment come

When I shall lay my armor by

And dwell in peace at home.

 

To this B. H. Carroll said, “The singing made a wonderful impression on me. Its tones were as soft as the rustling of an angel’s wings. Suddenly there flashed upon my mind, like a light from heaven, this Scripture: ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’

 

I did not see Jesus with my eyes, but I seemed to see Him standing before me, looking tenderly and pleadingly. He seemed to rebuke me for having gone to all other sources for rest but the right One.

 

And now He was inviting me to come to Him. In a moment I went to Him, casting myself unreservedly and for all time at His feet. In a moment rest came, indescribable and unspeakable, and it has remained.

 

Are you in need of this rest? You want this rest, don’t you? Then listen to the call. Come to the Lord Jesus now. In the midst of our maddening existence, God is offering you and I a place of peace…a place of rest.

 

If you have been born again, God is calling you back to a place of surrender…a place where you stop trying and start trusting. His yoke is easy and His burden is light…listen to the call!

 

If you have never trusted Christ with your life, if you’ve never been born again, God is calling you to the place of salvation. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that He died on the cross for your sins; that He rose from the dead just as the Bible says; and ask Him for forgiveness and His free gift of eternal life…listen to the call!

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