Monday, October 24, 2011

The Loving Mother And A Boyish Son

Love Works For No Wages

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on.

After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: 35/-
For cleaning up my room this week: 25/-
For going to the store for you: 10/-
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: 10/-
Taking out the garbage: 35/-
For getting a good report card: 25/-
For cleaning up and raking the yard: 10/-
Total owed: 150/-

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind.

She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me:
No Charge

For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you:
No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years:
No Charge

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead:
No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
No Charge

Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is:
No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes. And he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” And then his mother took the pen and in great big letters she wrote: “PAID IN FULL” and embraced her little boy with a kiss on his cheek.

What can we learn from this beautiful story? We as the sons and daughters of God, many a times boyishly demand God to pay the wages and bless us for the little work we do for God. We begin to show him our list of what we have done for Him and put our own self estimated price for each individual work, and finally add it all up to show God a grand total of how much we have done for Him to pay us. God in His love toward us many times chooses to write on the back side of the list our debt and show to us of how much we owe Him because of our past, present and future sins.

Then in a smiling way, he starts to shows us of our sins one after another and at the bottom of each sin He writes "No Charge". At the end of it all, with tears in our eyes we begin to realise how much God loved us unconditionally and has forgiven us of our debt for all of our sins, even though we owed a lot of debt which we could never be able to pay off to Him, even if we try to work our whole life for Him as bond servant. Then God takes a pen and writes on the bottom of our account "PAID IN FULL" and shows us the promise that He has already forgiven our sins and the full payment He made for us through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ in His Love Letter named as the Bible.

In the Bible when Jesus died for our sins, He cried out at last, "PAID IN FULL" and he gave up His spirit to God (John 19:30). As a sign of confirmation for our justification, God raised Jesus from the dead and have promised to us who have believed Him that we have become now His adopted sons through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor 15:17; John 1:12). We who have realised God's awesome love now look straight in to the eyes of God with confidence to say, "Dear Heavenly Dad, I sure do love you.” Then as usual our God with great love He embraces us and kisses us from the recesses of our hearts and will say, "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in [the spiritual] Jerusalem [of your inner spirit-man, the place where My Presence and Glory dwells]." (Isa 66:13). I really praise God for teaching us the value of His love and our loving response of gratitude which He expects from our hearts voluntarily! Praise the Lord!

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