Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Little Faithful Christian

One evening the little faithful Christian was teaching other church members a lesson on visitation. He took his lesson from Matthew 25:34-46. During the lesson, many church members gave him hearty "Amens!" for truths that he pointed out from God’s Word. At the close of an excellent lesson, the little faithful Christian asked the other church members several questions.

"Who will help me feed the hungry and quench the thirst of the thirsty?" he asked. "Not us!" replied the other church members. "We have too many fellowship meals to plan." So the little faithful Christian took it upon himself.

"Who will help me to house the homeless?" said the little faithful Christian. "Not us!" said the other church members. "We’re expecting guests from out of town." So the little faithful Christian opened up his home to the homeless.

"Who’ll help me clothe the naked?" the little faithful Christian asked reluctantly. "Not us!" cried the other church members. "We’ve got to buy new Easter outfits and you know how tight money is." And so the little faithful Christian took his own money and bought and gathered clothing and gave to those in need.

And finally the little faithful Christian asked, "Who’ll visit the sick, the fatherless, and those in prison?" And the other church members said, "Not us! We’re going on vacation for a much needed rest." And so the little faithful Christian visited as many as he possibly could.

Not too long after the little faithful Christian presented this lesson, the Lord returned. He asked, "Who’ll go with me to heaven?" and all the church members said in unison, "We will! We will!" But the Lord said, "Depart from me, ye cursed. To him that knew to do good, and did it not, to him it is sin. You were to be doers of the word and not hearers only, and inasmuch as ye did nothing for the poor and less fortunate, ye did nothing for me. Depart into everlasting fire." But to the little faithful Christian the Lord said, "Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

What is the moral of this story? Well, you figure it out.

- Jimmie B. Hill

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