You’ve probably heard that old saying about “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” and while I’m sure we could think of a couple of other things in which it’s ok to be close, we understand the point of the saying. If you are close but don’t commit or hit the mark, in many cases it count’s for nothing.
In our Scripture passages today we read about a man who was at a major crossroads in his life. In Acts 26 we read the story of the Apostle Paul preaching to King Agrippa. He starts off by giving his personal testimony of how he came to Christ and then goes on to explain that Jesus was indeed the Son of God and Savior of the world. He then appeal to King Agrippa and, seeming to know something personal about Agrippa, makes the rather unusual statement in verse 27 saying, “I know that you believe.” However, King Agrippa responds in verse 28 the Paul had “almost” persuaded him to become a Christian.
Think about that word “almost” in relation to salvation. So close, almost there! Yet, as far as we know, Agrippa never came any closer to Christ, died an unsaved man and is suffering in hell even now 2,000 years later. But he was so close! Some have suggested that many of the cries in hell will be from people who can think back to times in their lives when they ALMOST became a Christian. Can you imagine the mental anguish of winding up in hell when you were so close to getting saved? Just that thought alone is no doubt enough to drive people insane.
Let me end by quoting the last 2 verses of the hymn, “Almost Persuaded”. Read these words and think about them in relation to King Agrippa.
Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last;
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad that bitter wail—
Be now persuaded, oh, sinner, hear!
Be now persuaded, Jesus is near;
His voice is pleading still,
Turn now with heart and will,
Peace will your spirit fill—
Oh, turn today!”
If there is anyone reading this devotional today who knows how to be saved and has resisted the Spirit’s call up to this point, don’t delay any longer! While He is working in your heart, make today the day of your salvation!