Devotional: ‘Almost, But Lost’

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Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who were unsettled in their faith and questioning whether they should trust in Christ as their Savior or continue to follow the Law of Moses. Scripture teaches us that it is possible for a person to come close to salvation, yet miss it because of unbelief. Just like the children of Israel who came to the doorstep of the Promised Land, yet failed to enter in; so can someone come to the doorstep of salvation, yet fail to find God’s perfect rest.

As I mediate upon this stern warning from the book of Hebrews, I am reminded of Christ’s parable of the Sower and the Seed.

Matthew 13:3 …”A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell … 5 … on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. ESV

Note – “And since they had no root, they withered away.” This is not someone who was once saved but then lost their salvation. This is someone who was never saved in the first place. Theirs was only an emotional decision that made them feel good for the moment, and not a decision of their will which caused them to turn from sin in order that they might follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Years ago we used to sing a song in church that said –

Almost persuaded now to believe;
Almost persuaded Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.

Almost persuaded, harvest is past!
Almost persuaded, doom comes at last!
Almost cannot avail;
Almost is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail
“Almost, but lost!”

(Phillip P. Bliss, 1871)

Sad will be the cry one day of those who were ‘almost saved, but lost.’ Is that you? If you need help with your relationship with the Lord, please contact me at: pastorterry@twinoaksbapt.org

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