The Juggler & the Diamond
He was born in Italy but came to the United States as a young man. He studied juggling and became famous throughout the whole world.
Finally he decided to retire. He longed to return to his home country and settle down. He took all his worldly possessions, booked a passage on a ship to Italy and invested all the rest of the money in a single large blue diamond. He hid the diamond in his stateroom.
While aboard ship, he was showing a boy how he could juggle a bunch of apples. Soon a crowd had gathered. The pride of the moment went to his head. He ran to his stateroom and got the diamond. He explained to the crowd that it represented his entire life’s savings. He started juggling the diamond. Soon he was taking more and more chances.
At one point he threw the diamond high into the air and the crowd gasped. Knowing what the diamond meant, they begged him not to do it again. Moved by the excitement of the moment, he threw the diamond even higher. Again the crowd gasped and then sighed in relief when he caught the diamond.
Having total confidence in himself and his ability, the juggler told the crowd he would throw it up one more time. This time it would be so high that it would be out of sight for a moment. Again, they begged him not to do it.
But with the confidence of all his years of experience, he threw the diamond high into the air. It actually did disappear for a moment. Then the diamond returned into view sparkling in the sunlight. At that moment, the ship lurched and the diamond dropped into the sea and was lost forever.
We all feel terrible about the man’s loss of all his worldly possessions. But God compares our soul as more valuable than the possessions of the whole world.
Just like the man in the story, some of us are juggling with our souls. We trust in ourselves and our own ability and the fact that we have gotten by before. Oftentimes there are people around us begging us to stop taking the risk because they recognize the value of our soul.
But we continue to juggle one more time…never knowing when the ship will lurch and we will have lost our chance forever.
The Bible says, “Now is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation.”
The Bible teaches we can’t come to Christ anytime we want to, only when the Spirit of God is tugging at our hearts. To put off our decision to surrender to Christ is as dangerous and risky as that foolish juggler we just read about.
“How about you?”
If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your life and know you have eternal life and have total assurance your sins are forgiven —- please pray this prayer aloud;
I know that I am a sinner and I know I need Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ today. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross and was raised from the dead on that first Easter morning. I want all my sins forgiven and I want to know I have eternal life right now. I am willing to turn from my sins, with Your help and turn to Jesus with all my heart. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart now and take control of my life. I will follow You from this time on as Your disciple. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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God bless you richly!