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One day the Lord found a lost and dying world, enslaved in sin and destined for hell.

“Who will share the gospel with those who know not the way of life eternal?” said He.

“Not I,” said the elder.

“Not I,” said the deacon.

“Not I,” said the Sunday School worker.

“Not I,” said the choir member.

“Not I,” said the member.

“Very well, then,” said the Lord. “I will find someone else.” And He did!

 

After some time the gospel seed sprouted and grew. “Who will teach these young in faith the way of righteousness and truth?” asked the Lord.

“Not I,” said the elder. “I have other things to do.”

“Not I,” said the deacon. “That is not my job.”

“Not I,” said the choir member. “I do not like the deacon.”

“Not I,” said the member. “Let the Sunday school worker do it.”

“Very well, then,” said the Lord. “I will find someone else to teach my Word.” And He did!

 

“Now,” said the Lord, “the church has children and teenagers. Who will shepherd and direct them in My ways?”

“Not I,” said the elder. “That is not my job.”

“Not I,” said the deacon. “I do not like the choir member.”

“Not I,” said the Sunday school worker. “I have other things to do.”

“Very well, then,” said the Lord. “I will find another.” And He did!

 

Again the Lord said, “The meeting house needs some work. Who will help clean it, mend its roof, paint its walls so that it may bring honor to my name and joy to those who gather there?”

“Not I,” said the deacon. “I have other things to do.”

“Not I,” said the Sunday School worker. “That is not my job.”

“Not I,” said the member. “Let the deacon do it.”

“Very well,” said the Lord. “I will find someone else.” And He did!

 

Later the Lord said, “Some of my children are in need. Who will share what is theirs so that others may have?”

“Not I,” said the elder. “Let the deacon do it.”

“Not I,” said the deacon. “Let the Sunday school worker do it.”

“Not I,” said the Sunday school worker. “Let the choir member do it.”

“Not I,” said the choir member. “Let the member do it.”

“Not I,” said the member. “Let the elder do it.”

“Very well, then,” said the Lord. “I will find someone else.” And He did!

 

Eventually, after the gospel was preached, the weak taught, the young guided, the meeting house repaired, and those in need helped,

The Lord said, “Who will share in the joys of Christian service? Who will come taste the blessings of faithfulness? Who will know the fruit of spiritual growth?”

“I will!” said the elder.

“I will!” said the deacon.

“I will!” said the Sunday school worker.

“I will!” said the choir member.

“I will!” said the member.

“No, you will not,” replied the Lord. “My rewards will go to those who do My will, not their own.”

God gives blessings to his people who serve him faithfully and who suffer for him. God himself is his people’s greatest reward. The fulness will be theirs at the coming of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 19:27-29

     27     Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?”

     28     And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

     29     “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.

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