Have you ever heard the story of the immigrant who came to the New World? Way back in the horse-and-buggy days, an immigrant decided enough was enough. No more of this oppressive life he had been experiencing. He was going to the New World! There was just enough money in his possession to buy a boat ticket for a passenger liner with a little left over to begin his new life. He didn’t have a cabin, so he just slept on the open deck every night. For food, all he had available to bring was crackers, which he rationed out to two per meal.
The immigrant was thankful he was journeying away from oppression and on to freedom. Even so, he couldn’t help but notice something as each day passed. As he sat eating his crackers, he watched the other passengers walk into the dining hall and help themselves to all kinds of delicious food. He longed for the opportunity to do that himself. All he could do, though, was look down at the crackers he was eating and try not to think about how hungry he felt.
Day after day passed and finally the big boat arrived in the New World. As he sat on the deck waiting for the boat to dock, a young girl approached him and asked him a question. “I’ve been watching you every day since we got on the boat. Why do you sit out here and eat crackers?” He looked up at her and said, “Well, I couldn’t afford to buy any food inside the dining hall. All I was able to bring with me to eat were these crackers.” Her response shocked and angered him. “Mister,” she said, “every ticket for this boat includes a free meal from the dining hall every day–morning, noon and night. You could have had anything you wanted to eat in there.” And she turned around and walked away.
This immigrant was entitled to all the food he wanted for the whole boat ride. Because he didn’t know any better, however, he missed out on all of it.
Don’t let that be you!
Whether you believe it or not, God has an amazing life in store for you that He wants to give you. But that life is only available through His Son and what you choose to do with His sacrifice for you. You’ve been with me long enough to know what I’m talking about here. There is such an amazing life awaiting you! It’s got its challenges, sure, but it’s so worth it–especially when you consider eternity and where you’ll be living it.
You don’t have to be eating crackers! If you do nothing about this, you will reach the end of your life and find out that a huge buffet was yours for the taking and you chose to ignore it. The biggest difference between you and the immigrant is this: When you see that reality, it will be too late for you to do anything about it. Your choice has been made. And it’s forever.
So once again….choose wisely!