Evangelist D.L. Moody used to tell about a picture that impressed him greatly. It portrayed a woman grasping a cross with both hands as she was being rescued from a stormy sea. Mr. Moody would then go on to relate how that picture lost much of its impact for him when he saw another painting some time later. The second picture also depicted a woman being rescued form raging waters. But while clinging with one hand to a cross her other hand was lifting another person out of the waves to safety.

That picture dramatically portrays what we who have been rescued form the penalty of our sins should be doing. Recognizing that others around us are lost and perishing, we should not be so selfishly taken up with our own salvation that we forget about them.

-Sermons Illustrated November/December 1988


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