Gambling with Everything

“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.”  —  Luke 13:5

Years ago while preaching a crusade in Europe, Billy Graham told the story of a European performer who could juggle anything–pins, balls, flaming torches; never dropping anything. He astounded both royalty and commoners, and was the star of the circus and the life of any party.

Growing older, this man decided to move to America, and he hit upon a novel scheme of converting his wealth into portable form. He sold his home, cashed in his accounts, and purchased a beautiful jewel. It represented all he had. Materially speaking, his entire life was contained in that jewel.

One day aboard the deck of an ocean liner, he offered to amuse his fellow passengers. Taking the stone, he tossed it into the air and caught it. He tossed it again, this time a little higher. His audience gasped as it glittered and gleamed in the sunlight.

With absolute confidence in his abilities, the juggler threw it higher and higher into the air. It flew upward as straight as an arrow, glittering in the sunshine. Suddenly the ship lurched, and the jewel plunged into the water and sank to the bottom of the ocean. He had gambled with the totality of his life and lost.

It’s possible to gain the whole world but lose our own souls. That’s why Jesus preached repentance. We must turn from our sins to Him. To do otherwise is to gamble with our eternal destiny. If you have not repented and turned to Jesus by faith, do it today. Delay is one gamble you don’t want to make. Don’t let His gift of life slip through your fingers. To stand before God with empty hands on the day of judgment will be eternal tragedy!


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