Object Lessons

Work or War

Objects: A work glove, a boxing glove, a piece of steel about four inches long, and a strong magnet. (Hide the piece of steel in the finger of the work glove.)

What is a glove such as this one used for?

"For boxing."

Boxing is one form of fighting, and in it men are often injured for life. If boxing were always entered (into just for physical exercise, it would be all right, but it almost always becomes actual fighting. Men Soften fight with gloves as truly as soldiers fight with guns on the battlefield. God does not like any form of fighting.

What is a glove like this one used for?

"It is used to work with."

It is much better to work than it is to fight. These two gloves remind me of a verse in the Bible, "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Micah 4:3). When the Lord Jesus comes back to earth, the nations will use their strength in work instead of in war.

We will let this large magnet remind us of Christ when He comes. It comes to the boxing glove and shoves it out of the way. The magnet next comes to the working glove, picks it up, and carries it along. It will be a happy day for this old world when Jesus Christ comes back to rule, and reign and the nations of earth learn war no more. Until that day comes, God would have us use our strength in working for Him, instead of in fighting others.

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