I went for a walk tonight and Jesus joined me. I asked Him if He had wanted me to read more of the Bible today? I was feeling bad that I didn’t read as much as I had planned. God told me to read it through from beginning to end- by the end of the summer- even if it is a modified version. I have been working on this. But then Jesus asked me if He could tell me a story.
He said, “There once were two God-loving men. One man worshiped God with his head. The other man worshipped God with his heart. The man that worshiped with his head read the bible all day long. He knew every chapter, every verse. The man who worshiped with his heart barely knew how to read but he lived to serve his fellow man, working day in and day out helping others in need. When the two men died and went to heaven, God asked them which of them they thought was more deserving to enter the Kingdom? The man who worshiped with his head said he thought he was, of course, for he knew God’s holy word by memory. Surprisingly, the other man agreed. He had always been ashamed that he barely knew how to read or write. God then asked the man of the bible how many people had benefitted from his study. He thought very hard and then looked down. “None”, he shyly admitted. Then God asked the man with the big heart how many people had benefitted from his hard work and service. He raised up his face to God and it began to shine. He replied, “I don’t think I can count them all.” A huge smile then spread across his face as he realized his value in God’s plan. The pearly gates then opened to both of them because each was credible in his story, however, God took the man with the big heart and kissed him when he walked by and said, “Thank you for your service for it is My way.”
I guess the moral of the story if that while reading and studying the Bible and God’s word has its merit, it is just as important or even MORE important to serve others like Jesus did.
I feel better after hearing this. 🙂