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"Getting It All"

posted Jul 29, 2018, 2:51 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 29, 2018, 2:52 PM ]
"That ye may know what is the hope of his calling,                                     
                                        and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints."
                                                                                                    - Ephesians 1:18

          The story is told of a very wealthy man who lived in England. His wife died while giving birth to their only son. This only son meant the world to his father. His son grew up to be a brave young man who joined his nation's military. The father had a portrait made of his son in his uniform. It was hung in the front entrance of their large home, alongside many other portraits of far greater value.
        Word came that the son had been killed in battle. The father became heart-broken and grieved for many years. The only real friends the father had were his butler and the butler's family. They had been there since the father's son was a baby. The butler's children grew up with the rich man's son. The death of the son was also a great loss to them.
         The father became very ill and passed away suddenly. In his will, all his portraits were to be auctioned off. All of them, except his son's portrait were worth millions of dollars. The will stated that the son's portrait was to be the first auctioned off. Collectors from all over the world came to bid on the "famous" portraits. The auctioneer put the son's portrait up first, as the will stated. No one offered any bid on the son's portrait. Finally, after some still minutes, the butler stood up and offered what little money he had for the son's portrait."Sold!" yelled the auctioneer, and then he said, "The auction is over!"
          Astonished, those waiting to bid on the million dollar portraits asked, "WHY? What about the rest of the portraits?" The auctioneer stilled the crowd and made this announcement: "According to the father's will, whomever purchased the son's portrait would receive all of the other portraits, the house and all the land." Everything was to be given to the one who chose to bid on the portrait of his son. This, the poor servant became a very wealthy man because of his love for the son and his father.
         What a blessing that we poor sinners are made wealthy in God's grace and mercy. We also enjoy His many blessings here and will reap the rewards of Heaven later. All because of a Father, a Son and a Servant (Holy Spirit) who made it all possible.
                July 29, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6