Object Lessons

A Compass and a Christian

Object:  A compass with a small drawing of the world pasted on the cover.

How many of you know for what this compass is used?

"To guide the traveler so that he may not be lost."

No matter what position the compass is placed in, the needle always points north. Neither heat nor cold, summer nor winter, causes it to change.

This compass looks different from any other I have ever seen. It has a picture of the world on its lid. The needle of the compass reminds me of a true Christian in a world that often changes. Jesus Christ requires every Christian to remain faithful and true, regardless of how the people of the world may change. He told His disciples in Luke 12:35, "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning," and again He said, "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not" (Luke 12:40).

Just as this needle in the compass always points north, so you and I should always be alert to represent Jesus Christ truly, whether it be by night or by day, in the darkness or in the light.

Suppose a traveler should be lost, and, looking at his compass, should find that the needle changed with the case. He would know that the compass was untrustworthy and not to be used to get him out of his lost condition. If the lost of this world see that we move with the changing world, they will not trust us to help them get out of their lost condition.

We should remain true to Christ, therefore, regardless of the changes of a sinful world. Then we can be sure of being used of Christ in leading others to a saving knowledge of Him.

No one can tell how many people are watching a Christian's life, or how much blessing that life can be if it is "right" in God's sight. Let us always be careful to point to Him!

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