Perhaps you have heard the tale of a wise old man who lived in a small, war-torn city during World War II. It was common knowledge among the villagers that this man owned some of the rarest coins in all the world.
He feared the invasion of the enemy soldiers so much that he gathered up all his valuable coins, poured them into a small sack, and strategically hid them in his house.
The dreaded day came. Hostile soldiers stormed his quiet home. They held his family at gunpoint and proceeded to search every nook and cranny in the building, hoping to make off with the contraband.
For hours, they examined every conceivable spot, expecting to find the coins locked in a safe, or in a closet, or behind a false wall, perhaps in the attic. But they found nothing.
Frustrated, the soldiers left, never to return.
The clever man had placed the coins where no one would suspect. He positioned them out in the open, clearly seen on the workbench in the basement.
As Christians, we often overlook or not recognize God's richest rewards, which are right before our eyes, yet we cannot see them. We are blinded by the obvious, often what we may take for granted.
It may be our spouse, our children, our home, our church, our job, our health, or a million other ways God may bless us. Because we have these things, we may begin to think we "deserve" them, and that they are a normal part of life, forgetting that many others do not have them.
We also fail to see the spiritually needy men and women right before our eyes -- people who walk in off our streets and into our church buildings. They sit in our pews every Sunday. And too often, we fail to reach out and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Let us not be like those blind soldiers and overlook the obvious, but let us always look for the hand of God's blessings in all that we do, always thanking and praising Him, and let us look for those needy ones who may be sitting right next to us in church, or living next door.
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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