DayBreaks for 8/16/16 – Titanic Story #2
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2006:
This is from a letter to the editor of August ’97 Focus on the Family recounting another story about the aftermath of the Titanic sinking:
“The scene outside the White Star office in Liverpool beggared description. A great crowd of relatives of those who had taken passage on that ill-fated vessel thronged the street. On either side of the main entrance a large board had been placed. Above one was printed in large letters, KNOWN TO BE SAVED. The other: KNOWN TO BE LOST.
“Every now and then, a man would appear from the office bearing a large piece of cardboard on which was written the name of one of the passengers. As he held up the name, a deathly stillness swept over the crowd; it watched to see to which of the boards he would pin the name.”
What a tragic scene that must have been. The heart-wrenching wait to learn of the fate of loved ones and friends! And as each name came out of the White Star office, the crowd hushed to know whether or not the person whose name was on that card was dead or alive.
It was just a name – but the name was connected to a real person who lived, breathed, laughed and cried. A person who loved and was loved. Perhaps a father, mother, husband, wife, fiance, son or daughter, brother or sister. People are so much more than just a name on a piece of cardboard and they all have an eternal destiny to be won or lost.
The names of the lists was so telling. As tragic as it would be to have your loved one’s name put under the list that said “KNOWN TO BE LOST”, it will be even more tragic if their name isn’t found in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 20.11-15).
I’m sure that each of us has someone whom we are related to or whom we love that doesn’t know Christ. What can you do for them? Pray. Pray and pray and pray. Love them. Speak the truth of Jesus in love to them. Let them see the love of Jesus in you. Avoid loud and angry controversy – demonstrate His love. Refuse to raise your voice in either anger or frustration. Too much is at stake to blow your witness.
Last week I heard a great idea: a minister in a town not far from where I live has a fishbowl in his church auditorium that contains pictures of loved ones and friends for whom the congregation is praying for salvation! What a wonderful idea! Once someone comes into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, they take the picture out of the fishbowl. Right now they aren’t doing anything with the picture, but they plan to put a fishnet up and put those pictures on the fishnet as people who have been “caught” by the Master Fisherman, who in turn makes us “fishers of men”! Why don’t you do the same? It’ll remind you to pray for their salvation and to be a witness to and for them. Pray diligently that their name may be moved from the KNOWN TO BE LOST to the KNOWN TO BE SAVED!
By the way – what list is your name on? 1 John 5.13 tells us that we may KNOW that we have eternal life. If you don’t have it, if you don’t know you have it, now’s the time to be sure – someday it’ll be too late!
PRAYER: Lord, our unsaved friends and family weigh heavily on our hearts. We pray today for their salvation – that they will have their names added to the book of life through their faith in Your Son, Jesus. May we join Your invitation to become fishers of men. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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