Give It Again

Dr. Adrian Rogers once told the story of a young Indian prince who became the leader of his province while he was still a child. As this was during the time when India was a part of the British Empire, it was customary for such rulers to visit Queen Victoria and pay homage to her.

In an effort to impress her, he ignored the the counsel of his advisors and presented, as a gift to the Queen, a very large and precious diamond. This diamond was without question the most valuable item that was in his province.

Years went by and the prince became a man. Twenty years or so passed before he visited London again. The Queen’s counsellors told her that it was possible that this prince would request the return of the diamond. If he did so, protocol demanded that she oblige him.

Sure enough, as he received his audience with the Queen, he asked her if he could have the diamond. She commanded that the gem be returned to the prince. Upon receiving it, he turned to Her Majesty with the stone in hand and said, “Your Highness, when I gave this diamond to you, I was only a child. I did not understand the value of this gem and what it represented for the people I rule. Now that I am a man, I do realize the value of it and what it means. As a man, I now give you this stone again.”

Many of us have made commitments to God at earlier times in our lives. Perhaps at a revival, concert, youth camp or some other event, we made a “decision” for Christ that we might not have fully understood. Since that time we have come to a fuller awareness of exactly what was at stake. Maybe it is time that we renewed that commitment to God with the full knowledge of what we are doing, motivated by love for Him.

“He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

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11 responses to “Give It Again

  1. Oh, absolutely. I remember when I was in the sixth grade giving up going to movies. After all, they were worldly…it was truly mu supreme sacrifice to God. I’m so glad tht in years to come that it wasn’t what I didn’t do that mattered.

    As I approach “old age,” my heart’s desire is to continue to know Him better and to continue to be a willing, submissive follower.

  2. Bro. Gordon, what a wonderful post and analogy. selahV

  3. Hey Bro. Gordon,

    Good post.
    The only regrets I have is that I didn’t give back sooner than I did .

    Blessings and see you Sunday.
    Ron.

  4. I did just that in 1997. It has been one fabulous awakening after the other since then. God is soooo good!

    I know I don’t get here as often as I’d like, but God bless you my friend!

  5. Beverly, it sounds as if you have learned what the heart of discipleship is all about.

    Sis. Harriet, it’s nice of you to stop by and comment. God bless.

    Bro. Ron, looking forward to this Sunday. I hope that it is a special one.

    Bonnie, it’s great to hear from you.

  6. i am sure your thoughts if jesus are sufficient to carry you though each day and i hope to some day get to a point where i can say the same

  7. Barlow, I hope and pray that you will find in Jesus everything you need. If I can be of any help to you in this, feel free to e-mail me.

    God bless

  8. Gordon,
    Great story, and good illustration of our promises to God, and the need to renew them, and keep them.
    It seems sometimes that I have made so many promises to God that I can’t remember them all.
    I am so thankful for His grace and forgiveness. I pray that I have learned not to be too hasty in promising anything to any one, that I can’t back up.
    That’s one story of Adrian Rogers telling, that I never heard. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    T.A.

  9. Palms of Victory

    Gordon,
    After 46 yrs. of serving my Lord, knowing all that I know about the cost, I would still give him my all with no regrets. It pays to serve Jesus.
    Daddy

  10. TA and Daddy, thanks, both of you for your comments. It does indeed pay to serve the Lord.

  11. Sounds like the story of my life, and I am sure many others’ lives as well.

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