Object Lessons

The Lord's Portion

Objects: A Basket of Irish Potatoes. Arrange into two piles; 10 potatoes in one pile, and 7 in the other

I have with me, this morning, boys and girls, a basket of Irish potatoes. Let us arrange them in two groups or piles. We will put 7 in the first pile and 10 in the second. We will let the first pile represent our time—God has given us 7 days in each week, you know. And out of the week how many days has He given you in which to play and work?

"Six," you say. We will represent the days that belong to you by these six potatoes. In the Old Testament, God asked His people for one day out of the seven to be set aside for Himself. This was called the Sabbath Day. (Ex. 20:8.) This, you have learned, was one of the Ten Commandments. Special blessings were promised those who kept this day wholly for the Lord (Isa. 58:13, 14).

In the New Testament, the first day of the week, the resurrection day, is set aside as the Lord's Day (John 20:19). The Lord still asks for one day out of seven—1 potato out of 7, as it were. Surely, every Christian should be glad to give one whole day out of seven to the Lord. But no, sad to say, many want to keep even this day for themselves, as well as the other six. Of course all of our days belong to the Lord, but the Lord's Day should be different from all others. This is the day to rest our bodies, feed our souls on the Bread of Life, and worship Him in the House of the Lord. (Suggest ways boys and girls may spend Sunday well pleasing unto the Lord.)

Let us talk for a few minutes about the potato which represents the Lord's Day. We will cut it up into three parts, one part representing the morning of the Lord's Day, the other the afternoon, and the third part the evening.

Some boys and girls are quite willing to go to Sunday school, but hurry home afterwards to play, so this part of the potato will have to be made smaller. (Peel and cut off parts.)

The second part of the potato represents the afternoon of the Lord's Day. How many spend this part of the day for the Lord, and in a way that is pleasing to Him? I fear we will have to cut off a good slice of this part, because so many make Sunday afternoon a time for secular recreation..

This third part represents the evening of the Lord's Day. If the rest of the day has been spent for the Lord, we feel sure this part will be also—but if the rest of the day has been spent for self, the evening will, no doubt have to be spent getting ready for the week's work which lies ahead. So many are too tired to attend church at night.
Once a day seems to be the extent of their worship.

Now look at the potato which represented the Lord's Day! There's not much of it left, is there? Six potatoes and most of the seventh kept for self. Oh, boys and girls, do give the Lord one day out of seven. Keep this day especially for Him. Make it different from the other days of the week!

Now we will look at this other pile of potatoes. There are ten in this group. Why ten? In the Old Testament a tenth part of one's money was called the tithe, and this part belonged to the Lord. Mal. 3:10 says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse . . . and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall of be room enough to receive it."

In the New Testament, we are not commanded to give the tithe, but much is said about giving. We are told to give "cheerfully, as God hath prospered us," "willingly," etc. The tenth seems to be the smallest part that we should set aside wholly for the Lord. Of course all of our money and possessions belong to Him, but a portion should be set aside to be used wholly for His work. Setting aside a tenth causes us to give to the Lord systematically, and according to the Word, is always attended with blessing.

So we will let one potato represent the Lord's portion of this pile of 10 potatoes. How many are left for YOU? Count—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9—nine potatoes for you and one for the Lord. Surely everyone should be glad to give this much to the Lord and His work. But sad to say—as folks keep the Lord's Day for themselves, so, many refuse to give the Lord ALL of the tithe.

How many of you are tithers, boys and girls? If not, begin today to set aside this portion for the Lord and His work. Study God's Word, and wait before Him in prayer, and He will direct you in the spending of it to His praise and glory. (Suggest where and how this money should be spent.)

Remember, boys and girls, the Lord wants one day out of seven, and one dollar out of ten. It is only Satan that wants you to whittle down your potatoes and give less.

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