Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. -Acts 2:21
To return to God is not a cruel request to you. He does not ask you to perform a pilgrimage and blister your weary feet, or to thrust an iron in your back and swing yourself aloft as does the Hindoo; He asks you not to lie on a bed of spikes or starve yourself till you can count your bones. He asks no suffering of you, for Christ has suffered for you. All He asks is that you would return to Him, and what is that? That you would be unfeignedly sorry for your past sin, that you would ask His grace to keep you from it in the future, that you would now believe in Christ who is set forth to be the propitiation for sin, that through faith in His blood you may see your sin for ever put away and all your iniquity cancelled. That is neither a hard nor a cruel demand. It is for your good as well as for His glory. O Spirit of God, make the sinner now willing to repent and to believe in Christ.
“A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear with Thy righteousness on,
My person and offering to bring.
The terrors of law and of God,
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s obedience and blood,
Hide all my transgressions from view.”
God promises-and He cannot lie-“He that believeth and is baptized,” He does not say, “may be,” but “shall be” saved, and God’s “shalls” and “wills” do not play with men; but He speaks them in real earnestness. “Whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon