A Christian man worked each day transporting tourists across a lake. On occasion he would present the Gospel and its implications for life in a most unusual way. He had painted the word FAITH on one of the oars of his rowboat and WORKS on the other. When they got quite far from shore, he would stop; then, beginning to row with only the one oar marked “faith,” he would cause the boat to go in circles to the left. Reversing the process, he would pull on the other oar marked “works,” and they would circle in the opposite direction. By this time the bewildered passengers were waiting for an explanation. This afforded him a wonderful opportunity to give them the truth concerning discipleship and the Christian life. He always concluded by saying, “You see, neither faith nor works can stand alone. They are twins that cannot be separated!”
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