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by Stan Caldwell

The following story came across my desk this past week. I thought it had such a punch to it that you might be encouraged to share the gospel with someone after reading it.

“A Holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

“The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table.. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.

“They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

”The holy man said, 'I don't understand. 'It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. The greedy think only of themselves.' When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you.”

What a story this is! I fear we do not share enough. We are so often motivated out of selfishness. We long to have and to be praised and to gain for ourselves whatever we can. We often do not think of others and their feelings and their needs. We fail to show one another the love we have for one another for we just do not consider one another as we should. May God help us to think, not of self but of others. Love them. Want what is best for them. Sacrifice for them. Edify them. If we really enrich others we will truly be enriched ourselves and our lives will be meaningful.

I fear we do not love God enough and therefore fall short in our worship and service to Him but we also fall short in our love for one another and our service to each other. May God give us wisdom to see how we may help each other and also the fortitude to busy ourselves in the doing of such. God has been so good to us and other people mean the world to us and have done so much for us. Let us bow our heads and thank God and rise to live for Him and for others, the first two commandments fulfilling. Have you taught someone the gospel of late? There is no love you can show others that is greater than bringing them to salvation.

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