John Newton, author of the great hymn, “Amazing Grace,” said this late in life:
“Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior.”
May we who know Christ remember that….may all who know Him not discover that.
Listen, my friends, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, and more is said than done, here is what matters:…Do you know Christ?
Is He the Lord of your life so much that He and His Will are the focus of your life. We are living in a most dangerous age, and Satan’s number one tactic is to take your focus off Christ and His Will and mission for your life.
He loves you in a way you cannot begin to fathom, and his plans for you are not evil but good. He still says, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.”
I was in the Bahamas many years ago for a church convention. Late one afternoon, as my wife and I walked back from town, we stopped by a tiny booth near the beach in the hope of finding a beautiful conch shell to take back home as a souvenir of our journey. An elderly Bahamian couple ran the booth, and the old gentleman had a cassette recorder playing the beautiful old hymn “Come Unto Me.” He was reclining in his chair in the warm afternoon sun as the beautiful Caribbean music filled the air. It was so inspiring, I started singing loudly with it. Judy cringed a little, as wife’s sometimes do at the boldness of their husbands, but the old gentleman sat up and, with shining excited eyes, proclaimed in a deep Bahamian accented voice, “Oh, we have a Christian!” He and I instantly bonded for we were brothers in Christ Jesus.
An African-American minister from Georgia, Reverend Charles P. Jones, wrote that great hymn in 1908…the words are timeless and so needed today:
Hear the blessed Savior calling the oppressed,
“Oh, ye heavy laden, come to me and rest;
Come no longer tarry, I your load will bear,
Bring me every burden, bring Me every care.”
Come unto me, I will give you rest;
Take my yoke upon you, hear Me, and be blessed.
I am meek and lowly, come and trust My might;
Come My yoke is easy, and My burden’s light.
May the words of God’s servants and anointed
Hymn masters John Newton and
Charles P. Jones helps us focus on our Savior every day.
Dr. David M. Griffis