Nobody should want to spend their money or their life for something that is going to fail. You should want to be fairly sure that what you are doing is going to succeed. But a gambler takes wild and foolish risks in the very slim chance of winning.
The apostle Peter was not gambling with his life in this story!
Peter was a fisherman, and one day a Man called Jesus came to him and said, "Follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men." 1*.
Peter was willing to immediately leave the security of his work and his home to become a follower of this Man. He was going to a job he did not know: fishing for men! He didn't even ask about what pay he would get! Was that not a foolish gamble?
No! Peter knew that the One he was putting his trust in was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God." 2*. He knew Jesus was the only Saviour from sin and destruction. 3*. So, to trust and follow Him would mean being sure of getting to God and Heaven. 4*. He also knew that the work he would be doing would be for the Kingdom of God; and that would be of far greater value and importance than catching fish! 5*.
Later, when the disciples were with the Lord Jesus, Peter said to Him "We have left all we had to follow You!"
"'I tell you the truth,' Jesus said to them, 'no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, Eternal Life.'" 6*.
Do you know and believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God? If you really do then it is NOT a "gamble" for you to trust Jesus alone for salvation. You should be ready and willing to love and obey His Word. 7*.
Many don't want to let Jesus be LORD in their lives because they don't want to have to accept His Word, the Holy Bible, as their Guide. They are rejecting the One who is "the Way, the Truth and the Life" so they are ignoring the only Way to God and Heaven. 8*.
Instead they might foolishly gamble that some other way might get them to God! Some put their hope in the sacraments of their religion, or hope that by doing the best they can that they will surely be accepted by God in the end. Some try to convince themselves that God will forgive everybody! Don't you take any such wild and foolish gamble with YOUR soul! 9*.
Christians aren't gambling when they put their trust in Jesus to save them, and when they decide to obey His Word in their lives. That is NOT a gamble, nor is it presumption! It is faith and trust in the promises of our great God and Saviour. To all who put their trust in Him alone for salvation He promises "life to the full" now, and the assurance that they will not fail to receive eternal life. 10*.
Read Jesus' guarantee of this in Luke's Gospel chapter 18, verses 28-30.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
41st peter 3:18.
7Romans 12:1-2. John 14:15.
8John 14:6.Psalm 119:9-11.
9Matthew 7:13-27. John 3:14-19.
10Luke 18:30. John 10:10. 3:16-18.