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Decision Day: Saying Yes
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”—Psalm 27:8
The parable of the Pearl of Great Price tells about a man who loved pearls. He was a jeweler who was always looking for these precious gems. One day he learned of a pearl which was the finest of them all. He said to himself, “I must surely own this one.” But it cost a great deal, and it seems that he didn’t have enough money to buy it. So he sat down to think it over. He figured that if he sold his collection of gems he would have just the right amount. What should he do? He considered it seriously and decided to sell all that he had. Then he bought the Pearl of Great Price. How happy he was when it was his own!
We should all seek the highest and best, and then choose the finest. Jesus offers the best. He wants us to choose Him and His way of life. Say “Yes” to Him.
Jacob and Esau were twin brothers. They lived long ago in a large tent made of the skins of sheep and goats. Esau loved the great outdoors and went hunting for deer with bow and arrow. He brought venison home to his father, Isaac. Jacob preferred to stay at home with his mother, Rebekah, and he helped her with the cooking. I am sorry to say that these brothers didn’t get along very well, but often quarreled.
Now Isaac loved Esau, and gave him the birthright, which meant that someday Esau would become the head of the family and be responsible for all the property. This was a great honor for Esau, but he didn’t fully appreciate it. Jacob was jealous of his brother and was always scheming how he might get the birthright for himself.
One day, Esau came home from a hunting trip, very tired and hungry. The minute he came into the tent, he smelled something good cooking. Jacob was preparing red lentil stew, and Esau asked for something to eat. Here was Jacob’s chance, so he said, “Sell me this day thy birthright.” Esau was one of those boys who was ruled by his stomach instead of his head, so he said, “Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?“ So he made the trade for a bowl of lentil stew. Thus Esau despised his birthright. He made a great mistake which he regretted all the rest of his life. He sold his future good for present satisfaction.
There are a great many people today who are just like him. They think only of the present and the needs of the body, when they should think of the future and the needs of the soul. We should all say “Yes” to God and not despise the birthright which He offers us.
Once upon a time there was a fair young maiden who owned a beautiful diamond. Her five brothers wanted it, and each one tried to persuade her to part with it. The first brother was a musician, who said, “Give it to me, and I will sing and play for you.” The girl answered, “When the music ceases, what will I have left? I will not sell.”
The second brother was an artist. “I will paint you a wonderful picture,” he said. But the sister replied, “Someone might steal it.”
The third brother, who was a merchant, bargained with her, saying, “I will bring you spices and perfumes from Egypt.” “Their fragrance will fade,” said the girl
The fourth brother, a cook, tempted her by suggesting, “I will prepare a delicious banquet for you.” The sister replied, “When my appetite is satisfied and my taste departed, what have I left?”
The fifth brother was a builder, who said, “I will build you a magnificent palace.” But the sister refused, saying, “It will be filled with cares, even though I would be queen.”
Then along came a prince, who loved her, and he said, “I will give you myself,” to which the maiden replied without hesitation, “I accept the gift. I will be yours, and you shall be mine forever.”
Jesus gave His life for you. He wants you to love Him with all of your heart and soul and strength and mind. He wants you for His own. Say “Yes” to Him.
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