What Do You Live For?

There’s an old story about St Augustine. Early on in his Christian life, he was intensely absorbed in the writings of Cicero. And around this time, he had a dream that he had died. And now he was standing at the pearly gates. And the keeper of the gate said, “Who are you?”

And he said, “I’m Augustine.”

Then the keeper said, “What are you?”

Augustine said, “I’m a Christian.”

The gatekeeper said, “No, you’re not a Christian. You’re a Ciceronian!”

Augustine said, “What are you talking about? I’m a Christian!”

And the gatekeeper said this: “All souls on earth are judged by what dominated their interests. In you, Augustine, it was not the Christ of the gospel. It was the Cicero of Roman literature. You are not a Christian. You cannot enter here!”

Augustine was so startled that when he woke up, he resolved then and there to be fully committed to Jesus Christ for the rest of his life. And to live for Him.

Contributed by: Marc Axelrod

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