Many were following Jesus, but they do not really want to trust Him as their Saviour. It seems so easy and yet so hard. D. L. Moody shared this experience.
One day he went to his little nephew house, who was then about 3 or 4 years old. He threw a Bible on the floor. It was a good book and I don’t like to see this. His mother said to him, "Go pick up uncle’s Bible from the floor."
"I won’t," he replied.
"Go and pick up that Bible now."
"What did you say?" asked his mother. She thought he didn’t understand. But he understood well enough, and had made up his mind that he wouldn’t.
She told the boy she would have to punish him if he didn’t, and then he said he couldn’t, and by and by he said he didn’t want to.
This is the way people behave. At first they say they won’t, then they can’t, and then they don’t think like doing it.
The mother insisted upon the boy picking up the Bible, and he got down and put his arms around it and pretended he couldn’t lift it. He could have picked it up easily enough.
I was very anxious to see the fight carried on because she was a young mother, and if she didn’t break that boy’s will he was going to break her heart by and by.
So she raised her voice and told him again if he didn’t pick it up she would punish him, and the child just picked it up.
It was very easy to do it when he made up his mind.
If a person decides in his mind to do something, he can do it. The trouble is they don’t want to give up their will. What can be done in 10secs told 10mins because the boy was not willing. People do not want to believe in what Jesus says; they do not want Him to be Lord of their lives. To give them food, yes; to heal their sicknesses, yes, but not to be the Saviour of their lives.
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