The Fire

 

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending 
services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the preacher decided 
to visit him.

      It was a chilly evening. The preacher found the man at home alone, 
sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his preacher’s visit, 
the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and 
waited.

      The preacher made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave 
silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. 
After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a 
brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone 
then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

      The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone 
ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then 
its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

      Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The preacher 
glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, 
picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. 
Immediately it began to glow,once more with the light and warmth of the 
burning coals around it.

      As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear 
running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for 
the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.”

      We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. 
Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left 
unspoken.

      The Lord is my Shepherd —– that’s a Relationship!
      I shall not want —– that’s Supply!
      He maketh me to lie down in green pastures —-that’s Rest!
      He leadeth me beside the still waters —–that’s Refreshment!
      He restoreth my soul —– that’s Healing!
      He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness –that’s Guidance!
      For His name sake —– that’s Purpose!
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–that’s 
Testing!
      I will fear no evil —– that’s Protection!
      For Thou art with me —– that’s Faithfulness!
      Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me —–that’s Discipline!
      Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine 
enemies——that’s Hope!
      Thou annointest my head with oil —– that’s Consecration!
      My cup runneth over —– that’s Abundance!
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my 
life—-that’s Blessing!
      And I will dwell in the house of the Lord —–that’s Security!
      Forever —– that’s Eternity!

      Face it, God is crazy about you!

      What is most valuable is not what we have in our lives, but WHO we 
have in our lives.

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