Object Lessons

My Cup Runneth Over

Objects: Four Cups, all different sizes,—one very small

There are two mistakes that folks often make in their thinking. One is, if the Lord Jesus is received as Saviour, life would be uninteresting and robbed of all its joy. The other is, if one accepts the Lord as Saviour before death, that one will have the same place and enjoyment in heaven that a person has who has served the Lord all of his life.

Here are four cups, all different in size. I think they will help us to see with our eyes what God has said in His Word concerning these two questions.

We will let these cups picture people, all of whom have received the Lord Jesus as Saviour. The large cup (designate) represents one who has known the Lord longer than any of the others. The person represented by this cup, became a Christian when very young. This very small cup (designate small cup) pictures a person who accepted the Lord as Saviour at the very close of life.

Let us fill the cups with water. (Demonstrate.) Now, they are all filled to running over, regardless of the size.

Water, as you know, boys and girls, in God's Word is a picture of Living Water or the Holy Spirit. (Jno. 4:13, 14; Jno. 7:37-39.)

When talking to the Samaritan woman at Sychar's well, the Lord Jesus said, "Whosoever drinketh of this water (an earthly well of water) shall thirst again—but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall NEVER thirst."—Jno. 4:13, 14. So those who receive Him as Saviour and drink of the Living Water, regardless of age, possess a "joy unspeakable and full of glory." The pleasures of the world, like earthly water, do not satisfy. To know the Lord Jesus as Saviour, to possess everlasting life, to know that one's sins are all forgiven, fills the heart with a joy the world knows not of. Like the four cups, the Christian can truly say, "My cup runneth over." Do you know this song:

Running over, Running over,
My cups full and running over.
Since the Lord saved me
I'm happy as can be,    
My cup's full and running over.—C. S. S., Chorus Book

Let us look at these cups again! (Designate:) Though all are full of water, yet it can be easily seen that the capacity of each is different. The smallest cup does not begin to hold what the largest cup holds. The smallest cup represents a man who at 70 accepted the Lord Jesus as His Saviour, and at 72 was called into the presence of the Lord.

The largest cup, on the other hand, pictures the person who "remembered his Creator in the days of his youth," and received the Lord Jesus when he was, say, ten years old. He, too, was called into the presence of the Lord, at 72. One invested 2 years in the service of the Lord while the other served the Lord for 62 years. Someone has said that when a child is won for the Lord, a soul plus a life is saved. So, though both of these were saved, and both entered the presence of the Lord, their rewards will differ.

There is to be a time, boys and girls, after the Lord comes for His own, in the rapture, (1 Thess. 4:13-18) when the work and service of all believers is to be examined and rewards given accordingly. (2 Cor. 5:10: 1 Cor. 3:9-15.)

Receive the Lord Jesus as your Saviour NOW in the days of your youth, that your souls might not only be saved, but that you might have a life time of service to lay at His feet'

"Must I go—and empty-banded?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty-handed go?"

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