Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Spiritual

God's Grace

God's Grace

I wonder how many people will delete this without reading it because of
the title. It is a shame but this message is very true. Hope you are all
as blessed as I was by this story.

There once was a man named George Thomas, preacher in a small Alabama town.
One Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage,
and set it by the pulpit.  Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Preacher
Thomas began to speak....

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming
toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three
little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.
I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"
"Just some old birds," came the reply.
"What are you going to do with them?" I asked.
"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm gonna tease 'em
and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real
good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do
"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like birds. I'll take
'em to them."

The preacher was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those
birds, son?"
"Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister. They're just plain
old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" the preacher asked again.
The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"

The preacher reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He
placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The preacher
picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where
there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the
door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting
them free. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and
then the preacher began to tell this story:
One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come
from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I
just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait
I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"  "What are you going to do with them?"
Jesus asked.  Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to
marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to
drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and
bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you are done with them?" Jesus asked.
"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.
"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.
"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take
them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill
you. You don't want those people!!"
"How much?  He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood, tears and your
Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.

The preacher picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

I pray, for everyone who
reads this, that God will bless them in a special way.


Mary said...

Oh Jackie, what a wonderful story. I was truly blessed by this this morning. God is GOOD. He paid for eternal life for each of us. Thank you for reminding us of the price given. Lovely blog post this morning.

Mary (naturepoet)

Mary said...

PS. Thank you so much for allowing me to be Shop of the Week...another blessing.

ADDENDUM handmade said...

I love this! I pretty much think of everything in pictures, and this is a beautiful one. Thank you!

Sherri Ward said...

An excellent analogy of our belief in Jesus and all He did for us. Thanks for sharing it! said...

As usual a good lesson. Sorry thing is that there are too many people running around like that kid these days....

kingpen said...

Good story. Our message at church this morning was on God's grace, and how the good that we do is only possible through His grace.

circleinthesand said...

Beautiful story!! thank you for sharing the link, so I could read it!

RoadToGrinnell said...

Wonderful allegory!

watercolors said...

Loved the analogy... What a wonderful God/Lord we have! He paid the price for us. How can we ever thank him enough.

ElvisGalx3 said...

Thank you for sharing!

Debsparkles said...

Thank you

First Light Glass said...

Blessing to you too!

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