Saving a life is one thing; saving a soul is something completely different. My young niece learned this at an early age. Born with heart problems, she had to have a defibrillator installed during an emergency surgery so she could survive.

My niece’s family and friends might say that she was saved by the defibrillator, but she knows the truth. She thinks back to the day as a 10-year-old girl when Uncle Jim told her about Jesus. That’s when she was really saved. A defibrillator may have saved her life, but Jesus had saved her soul.

There are a lot of medical and security devices which can save a life, but doctors and inventors haven’t been able to create a device which can save a soul. No matter how long we extend our lives, we will all eventually die (unless we are part of the group of believers which is raptured). Our souls will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell, depending on whether or not we have been saved.

What does it mean to be saved? It means we don’t have to pay the penalty for our sins in Hell separated from God. This is possible only when we put our trust in Jesus, the Son of God, who died, shed His blood, was buried, and rose again. Putting our trust in Jesus will not only save our souls; it can change our lives — forever.

Have you ever been saved? If not, then now is a great time to put your trust in Christ. He loves you and wants to save you from an eternal Hell. Just say, “God, the best I know how I want to put my trust in Jesus Christ.” The moment you believe Christ died for your sins and rose again, God promises that He will save your soul. Then His salvation will change your life.


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Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder