Years ago a young guide at NiagaraÂ Falls had nothing to do, so heÂ moored his boat well above the cataract,Â lay down in it and fell asleep. He thoughtÂ he had tied the boat securely, but withÂ its constant swaying the knot cameÂ undone. With the sleeping occupant,Â the boat began to drift with the current.Â Spectators on the shore, seeing hisÂ danger, yelled at him trying to awakenÂ him, so that he could save himself whileÂ the current was not too rapid. He did notÂ hear their cries.
At one point in the boatâ€™s progress itÂ was grounded on a rock in midstream.Â Seeing the boat pause, the by-standersÂ increased their efforts to awaken theÂ sleeping man. They yelled, â€œGet on theÂ rock! Get on the rock!â€ But he slumberedÂ on, still oblivious to his peril.Â With the movement of the waters, theÂ boat was soon cleared from the rock,Â and headed for the falls. The poor manÂ awoke when he heard the thunderingÂ roar of the waterfall but he was too lateÂ to reach safety.
How appalling! Asleep in the boat!Â Calmly and unconsciously drifting intoÂ the jaws of death!
This illustrates the indifference ofÂ people today! Many, unconcernedÂ about their eternal destiny, are fastÂ asleep in their sin, perhaps lulled byÂ earthly pleasures, or soothed into falseÂ confidence by their dependence on aÂ blameless life or religious profession.Â ALL ASLEEP IN THE BOAT!
â€œ…The god of this age (Satan) has blinded,Â (those) who do not believe, lest the light ofÂ the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is theÂ image of God, should shine on themâ€ (2Â Corinthians 4:4).
Are you safely moored to the Rock,Â the Lord Jesus Christ, or are you driftingÂ into danger? Have you trusted Him asÂ your Saviour, or are you carried alongÂ with the broad, rapid current of a worldÂ that is fast approaching destruction? IfÂ you are still not saved, will you wakeÂ up to your danger of going on withoutÂ Christ? If you keep putting off theÂ salvation of your soul for a future day,Â you may suddenly wake up too late.Â You may find yourself taking that lastÂ fatal plunge over the brink into the darkÂ waters of death and the fearful woes of aÂ lost eternity.
â€œAwake, you who sleepâ€ (Ephesians 5:14).
â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and youÂ will be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31).
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