A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works
of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire
the great works of art.
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while
rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the
door with a large package in his hands.
He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many
lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died
instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.
The young man held out his package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son
would have wanted you to have this."
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the
soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own
eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.
"Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the
portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people
gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their
collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son.
The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this
picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?" There was silence.
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted. "We want to see the famous
paintings. Skip this one." But the auctioneer persisted. "Will
someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?" Another voice shouted angrily.
"We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!"
But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?" Finally, a voice came from the very back of the
room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting."
Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. "We have $10, who will bid $20?" "Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."
"$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?" The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.
They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!" A man sitting on the second row shouted, now get
on with the collection!"
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over."
"What about the paintings?" "I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I
was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time.
Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the
entire estate, including the paintings. The man who
took the son gets every thing!"
God gave his son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is,
"The son, the son, who'll take the son?" Because you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
God loves us so much that He gave his only begotten Son. Never think that
God does not love you or does not want to use you to minister to others.
Here is the scripture to prove this.
Colossians 1:12-13, "Giving thanks
unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power
of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."
Keep strong my friend and never let satan steal your Joy nor tell you that
you are not loved by God. There isn't an army powerful enough to take us
away from the Love God has for His children.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:39 "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able
to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
1 John 4:7-9 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through him."