Board the Train to Life

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A poor immigrant was discovered walking on the tracks of a railroad in New Jersey. On his back he carried a huge bundle, and as he trudged on, tired and lame, he resembled the man in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress with his burden.
As he was passing a station, an agent ordered him off the track, threatening to have him arrested for trespassing, on railroad property. The traveler refused to leave, and produced a railroad ticket good for passage from Jersey City to Scranton.
The agent looked at him in amazement, and asked why he was walking when he might ride.
The stranger answered that he thought the ticket gave him only the right to walk over the road. The agent explained the true meaning of the railroad ticket, and soon the tired but happy walker boarded a train for his destination.
Even so today many thousands of people are trudging along, anxious and careworn, bearing life's burdens without divine help or future hope. How the angels must look on and wonder!
There is a ticket for everyone who will receive it—the promise is to "whosoever will"—and it is no halfway affair either. God offers a full and complete salvation, both for now and for all eternity. "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee." Job 22:2121Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. (Job 22:21).