Object Lessons

Faith Fills

Objects: An empty picture frame, a picture representing Christ to fit the frame, a piece of currency, a work glove, and a beautiful piece of silk.

This picture frame does not look right. It is empty, and a picture frame is intended to be filled. Would it look right to place a piece of money in the frame? No, you say, but there are people who think that money can fill every need of their lives. This beautiful piece of silk does not look right in a picture frame, either. There are those who believe that fine clothes will fill and satisfy their lives.

Doesn't this glove look strange trying to fill the frame? It is a good thing to work, but no amount of work will fill the empty heart. Some think the heart can be filled by working hard for the church, neighbors, and the poor. It is a good thing to help others, but the helping of them will not fill the heart.

What this frame needs is a picture; and I have one which fits it. It is a picture representing Christ. Many people are trying to fill their lives with things, rather than with a Person,—Jesus Christ, who com­pletely fills and satisfies the life. Paul realized this great truth when he wrote in Galatians 2:16, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ."

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