I Can Do Nothing

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In one of the wards of a hospital lay a man, dying. A servant of Christ told him of God's free grace, of His willingness to save, and how He had saved the thief on the cross. The sick man said, "I believe it all."
"Then do you have peace?"
"No, I don't have peace."
"Why not?"
"Because, you see," he answered, "I have come behind in doing my part. I believe that God has done His, but then, I must do mine."
"And what is your part?"
"Well, I must strive to do my best."
The sick man went on in this way for some days, struggling, striving and seeking to work his way up to God, until life was almost gone.
Again the servant of God called to see him. Taking him by the hand, he said, "Well, what can you do now to get salvation?"
"Do?" said the dying man. "I can do nothing. My strength is gone. I can't lift that glass to my lips to take a drop of water."
"Then what will you do?"
The dying man looked up, his anxious face telling of the fearful struggle going on within, his eyes glazed by the nearness of death, and said, "I'll do what the dying thief did, I'll turn my head and look." So he did, blessed be God! Life and salvation were the immediate result.
There is life in a look. "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." Isa. 45:2222Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22).