Summary: A children’s ilustration of the power of a magnet to attract iron as a parable telling that Christians have a similar response to God.


I was doing a repair job out of doors when unfortunately I dropped a tin of small nails on the gravel driveway. It was important that none be left mixed up in the gravel as I didn’t want the car to get a puncture! But it was difficult to find them among the loose gravel. Then I remembered my magnet - and in no time the nails were attracted and attached to the magnet.

Why were the nails attracted to the magnet and not the gravel? The reason is that the nails were made of iron which responds to an invisible force, the power of magnetism, but gravel is non-magnetic.

It reminded me of a verse in the Bible: "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5: 11,12).

The Bible tells us that there are two kinds of persons: those who have the life of the Son of God and those who haven’t. It’s like the iron and the gravel.

At the end of life a great test will be made. Those who have the life of Jesus within them will be drawn to Him for ever, but those without faith in Him won’t feel the pull of the love of God - just as the gravel wasn’t attracted to the magnet. How can we sure that our lives will respond to God when it really matters? It’s by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and inviting Him to come into our life.

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