We've released a new version of SermonCentral! Read the release notes here.
Text Illustrations
Persian Legend - Pour Water into Basket

A certain king had a task to accomplish. He called two of his servants. They were given the same wages and told to fill a basket with water from a nearby well, saying that he would come in the evening to inspect their work.

After dumping one or two buckets of water into the basket, one of the men said, "What is the good of doing this useless work? As soon as we pour the water in, it runs out the sides."

The other answered, "But we have our wages, haven’t we? We are called to do it until he returns. It is the master’s business, not ours. He is a wise King, and must have his own purpose that we do not understand."

"I’m not going to do such a foolish work," replied the complainer. Throwing down his bucket, he went away.

The other man continued until he had drained the well. Looking down into it, he saw something shining at the bottom - it was a diamond ring.

"Now I see the use of pouring water into the basket!" he exclaimed. "If the bucket had brought up the ring before the well was dry, it would have been filtered out in the basket. The King was actually looking for his diamond. Our work was not useless."

The King found his most faithful servant!


God has an important task for us today - He is looking for lost but precious souls.