Object Lessons

Three Clocks

Objects: Alarm Clock, Dining Room Clock, tall Hall Clock. (Use pictures)

This morning, boys and girls, I want to talk to you about clocks. Clocks are among the most useful articles you have in your homes as you well know. There are many different kinds of clocks which tell time for various occasions.

When you study the Word of God you will find that every be­liever is in himself a sort of clock. He is to tell the same things, in a spiritual way, that the clocks we are going to talk about tell us in a material way. If I were to ask you to tell me what kind of time this alarm clock tells, (designate) you would all say, "Time to get up!"

The "ting-a-ling-ling" of this clock in the early morning is not always very welcome, though you set it the night before with care. But no matter how you may wish it would wait an hour later to "ting-a-ling-ling," it just goes right on, saying, "It's time to get up! Time to get up!" and at last, in despair, you obey the bidding of the alarm clock, and get up. The alarm clock has done its duty.

Well, boys and girls, do you know that people are asleep when it comes to the matter of their salvation? God's Word says in Eph. 5:14, "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Unbelievers are not only "asleep," but are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). The duty of every preacher, every man and woman and boy and girl who is a Christian, is to get the sleeping person to awake. People who are having a good time, as they call it, hate to be disturbed in it. But the business of the Christian is not to soothe feelings, but to warn people of "the wrath to come" and to tell them to awaken and make their peace with God.

So, just as the alarm clock is for the purpose of arousing us from our sleep in the morning, we as Christians are to be like the alarm clock, and arouse the unsaved from their spiritual sleep.

There is another kind of clock which has a more pleasant message than the alarm clock, and that is, the dining room clock. It tells you when it is time for breakfast, and time for lunch, and time for dinner. This is a welcome message for most boys and girls. Just as the dining room clock tells of provision for satisfying bodily needs, so you and I are living in a world filled with people who are hungry spiritually, and it is our duty to tell the people who have been awakened by the "alarm clock" that God has made marvelous provision for satisfying their spiritual hunger.

The Lord Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life." There is no food that so satisfies a hungry person as bread, so the Lord Jesus, the True Bread from heaven, is the only One who can satisfy hungry hearts. He said, ". . . he that cometh to Me shall never hunger . . ."—John 6:35.

Then, boys and girls, there is another clock, which is almost as unpopular as the alarm clock, and that is the stately hall-room clock, the one which tells guests when it is time to go home. You have seen those tall clocks, with their solemn faces, haven't you? They are usually in the hall of the drawing room, in full view of the guests, so they will know when it is time to go home.

There are people, boys and girls, who live today as if they thought they were going to live forever. Children play around, and never think of Sunday school or church, unless their parents make them go. They do not think about Jesus, and how He said, "suffer little children to come unto Me." They take no heed of the words, "Remember NOW thy Creator in the days of thy youth," in Eccles. 12:1. They see the years stretching out ahead of them, and they think they will just go on, eating and drinking and going to school and playing. They do not stop to remember that this life isn't all, and that someday the Reaper, which is Death, will come and take them away from the scenes of earth. They don't stop to remember that this life is followed by another. And, boys and girls, the life beyond is determined by the decision you make here of ACCEPTING or REJECTING the Lord Jesus as Saviour. If you expect to live forever with the Lord and with Christian people in the beautiful home He has gone to prepare, you must make this most important decision. Believe on Him today. "Now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). Tell others, too, boys and girls, that unless they expect to miss heaven and all of its glories, they too must accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour, and change their way of living.

May each of us be like these three clocks; ready to tell those who are asleep that it is time to get up; to tell those who are hungry for the bread of life, that there is a time to eat, and to tell those who are indifferent, that there will come a time when they, too, will have to depart from this life. Men and women, boys and girls, "NOW is the accepted time!" NOW is the time to believe on the Lord Jesus, and be saved.

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