Object Lessons

The Sack Sisters

Objects: Two paper sacks, a tin heart painted white, a black cardboard heart, and a white magnet. (Place the hearts in the sacks, and tie each sack with a ribbon. If the tops of the sacks are cut in strips and pulled over the edge of a sharp knife, it will give the appearance of curled hair. Color the curls on one a reddish brown and on the other black.)

These fancy-looking sacks remind me so much of people that I am going to call them the Sack Sisters. The greatest difference between these sisters is not in the color of their hair. Differences in people often do not show until they are tested. If I push the two sacks across the table with my hand, they move along together, but if I expect them to be drawn by this magnet, they show their differences quickly. One follows the magnet and the other is left behind.

They remind me of Ruth and Orpah. Ruth followed Naomi to the land of Judah, while Orpah returned to her people. As I look at Orpah Sack, I am reminded of the words of Christ, "No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

The difference in the way these sacks act toward the magnet is not in the outward appearance, but in their hearts. See, Ruth has a white heart which loves the magnet. Orpah's heart is black; she does not truly love as Ruth does.

It is for this same reason that many who profess to love Christ do not follow Him—their hearts have never been changed. Being a Christian is more than outward appearance. It is the condition of the heart which is brought about when one personally accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour.

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