Object Lessons

Story of the Fountain Pen

Objects: A pretty Fountain Pen.

Last Summer heard this lovely story of the fountain pen. I thought it such a splendid one, I want to share it with you boys and girls.

Fountain pens are so very useful. Many of us feel we could scarcely do without them.

If you boys and girls do not own one now, I am sure you will own one when are are older._ The one I have is such a pretty one I think I will let it tell you its own story.
If this pen could talk, I am sure it would tell its life story some­thing like this:

"I was not always as you see me now, boys and girls—bright and shining and green. I was once only pieces of rubber and metal. But one day someone sought me out and FOUND me. Someone saw the making of a fountain pen in the pieces of rubber and metal, even as they were scattered about.

Having been FOUND, I was taken to a great building called a factory. There I was MADE or fashioned into this pretty pen you now see. I was then taken to a large store and displayed in a beautiful window along with other pens. For awhile I seemed of no use at all, until one day someone came into the store and BOUGHT me. A price was paid for me and from that day on I have been OWNED or possessed. My owner is very fond of me and guards me carefully day by day.

After I was bought my owner took me to his office, but I was of no use to him until he FILLED me with something called ink. He said I was made to be FILLED. Having filled me with ink, he said I was ready to be of SERVICE to him. He began to write with me, and many, many letters I have written for my owner. I enjoy being of service to him. He HOLDS me in his hand and guides me gently and surely over the paper. I am really only an instrument in his hand. My owner keeps me in a special place near his heart. He says he will always KEEP me, and even when I am worn out will always CHERISH and love me. I am so glad I belong to such a kind owner. And this is my life story, boys and girls. Is the story of your life anything like mine?"

Yes, I believe it is, boys and girls, only far more wonderful and marvelous. God's Word says in Eph. 1:4, that we were "CHOSEN to His very own" before He laid the foundations of this great wonderful world—before the pretty stars ever twinkled in the blue sky. He loved us even then, so long ago. What a precious fact! It's hard to realize, isn't it—but it's true, nevertheless.

Then there came a time when we were MADE. It was God's hand which fashioned us. In Psalm 139:14 we read, "I will praise Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

But even from our birth we were sinners. Romans 3:23 says, "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God"—and that included you and me. In Isaiah 53:7 we also read, "All we like sheep have gone astray." Yes, we were once as wandering sheep, far away from God, but the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, SOUGHT us out and FOUND us. He came into the world to SEEK and to SAVE the lost (Luke 19:10). Tenderly and lovingly He placed His shepherd arms about us and drew us into His safe fold.

We have been BOUGHT, too—a price has been paid for us. No we were not purchased with "silver and gold" as the fountain pen, but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus (1 Peter 1:18, 19). He died on the cross to REDEEM or purchase us. What a great price He paid for us! Those of us who have received Him as Saviour, boys and girls, can truly say we have been bought with a price (I Cor. 6:20). We now belong to the One who paid so great a price for us, even the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

But the pen had to be filled by its owner to be of any use to him, didn't it? So we, too, boys and girls, were meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In Eph. 5:26 we read, "Be filled with the Spirit." As we yield, or give our lives over to our OWNER, the Lord Jesus, He fills us with Himself and fits us for His SERVICE.

As a pen is only an instrument in the hands of its owner, so the Lord Jesus wants us to be so yielded to Him that He can guide us and use us "to the praise of His glory" as day by day we serve Him in our homes, at school, or wherever we are.

The fountain pen is KEPT by its owner close to his heart, so we, dear boys and girls, are kept "by the power of God" close to His heart of love. Our owner says in His Word that He is "able to keep us from falling" (Jude 24). He also keeps us as the "apple of His eye." Yes, we can truly say, "The Lord is our Keeper" (Psalm 121:5). He not only keeps us but carries us in His bosom of love.

"He shall lead His flock like a Shepherd. He shall gather them in His arms and carry them in His bosom"—Isa. 40:11.

We are so dear to Him, boys and girls, He will never let us go. In John 10:28 He says of us ... "They shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand."

Not only has He made provision for us in this earth life, but after our days of service are over, He will take us to the beautiful home He has gone to prepare, and throughout the eternal ages He will cherish us and "show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kind­ness toward us" (Eph. 2:7).

Ours is a blessed story, isn't it, boys and girls, and though very much like that of the fountain pen, I'm sure you will agree that it is indeed far more wonderful and glorious because our OWNER is the Lord Jesus Christ—M. S. H.

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