Almost Becoming a Christian
Written By: Jack Shuler | Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
"Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian" - Acts 27:28
Here is word freighted with significance. Its value is borrowed from its settings. Its strength lies in the fact that it represents the greatest contrast possible into any context to which it enters. It's a picture word, often described as an agony of feeling, frequently associating with frustration and failure. It tells the story of near achievement and total loss.
Society has been crowned with people who "almost" succeeded only to live and die unnoticed and unsung. Like Moses in one respect, they blazed a good trail, climbed high enough to overlook the Promise Land, then, having received no more than a glimpse of the reward, languish upon their Mount Nebo. It is a maxim no less true than severe; almost to succeed is to fail utterly.
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