Purchased Steak But Eating Crackers
A man booked passage on a ship with just enough money to buy a ticket, a block of cheese, and some crackers for the long voyage.
The first few days at sea the crackers and cheese tasted good, but eventually they became stale. Each day the man watched the porters carry large steaks, lobsters, and many other delicious foods to the other guests. Soon, he became so hungry that he stopped one of the porters. "I'll do anything to get one of those steaks," he begged. "I'll wash dishes, clean rooms, anything you want."
The porter replied, "You bought a ticket, didn't you? The meals come with the ticket!"
Tragically, many Christians
today are content to be cheese-and-cracker Christians, even while all the resources of God are available to them.
Suppose you wanted to cash a check for 100 dollars in a bank where you have several hundred dollars on deposit. Do you place your check on the counter, get down on your knees and plea, "Oh, please, Miss Teller, cash my check"? Of course not. You simply go in faith, place the check on the counter and wait for the money that is already yours. Then you thank the teller and go on your way.
In exactly the same way, you claim what God has already given to you, by faith. As Christians you and I may come to God in prayer and claim by faith the inexhaustible riches that He has for us in Christ.
In the spring of 1979, the State of California advertised the names of more than 20,000 people who had abandoned property of value. That property was valued at $12.6 million! People had walked away from, or forgotten, wealth that had been kept for them by banks and other agencies. Their resources were simply sitting, unused, in abandoned accounts.
So it is with the many Christians who do not claim, by faith, the spiritual resources that are available, free to us, but purchased by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are "heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17
, KJV). "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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