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Who Will Have My Son?

In life, there are a few things that do matter, and much more that do not mater at all. However, knowing and holding on to what matters has always been an issue. This is because we are limited in our understanding of what truly matters. If we are to base our decision on what truly matters and what does not, on popular opinion, we would find out that we can be, and indeed are, greatly mistaken. If you inhabit planet earth, you should have discovered by now that many of the things that we believe would make us happy are at best transient. There is only one thing that truly matters; and that one thing brings with it everything else that you may desire. That one thing will be revealed in a moment, but first, let us listen to the story of an auction of some valuable and not so valuable paintings which I received in an e-mail, sometime ago. This story gives us a sense of what truly matters. But before I relay the story, let me quickly give some background information. In nations where the auction of paintings are common, art collectors can spend millions of dollars on a single painting, provided it is the work of a renowned artist. Such auctions are conducted as bids where a price is called, and then people begin to bid until there is no contest against the one person who has the highest bid. With this background, let us now listen to the story which is set in the United States of America.

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection; from Picasso to Raphael [these are names of renowned painters whose works have fetched millions of dollars in auction price]. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out his package. 'I know this isnt much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.' The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. Soon after his death, there was an auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the mans son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.' But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?' Another voice said angrily, 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts [other renowned artists whose works fetch a fortune for those who possess them]. Get on with the Real bids!

But still the auctioneer continued, 'The son! The son! Who will take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long time gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. 'We have $10, who will bid $20?' 'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.' The crowd was becoming irritated. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the real auction!' The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.' 'What about the paintings?' 'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the Will. I was not allowed to disclose that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. And whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including all the other paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!' What a story!

Now, back to our discussion of what really matters: Having the Son of God in your life is what really matters, because He is all that anyone should ever desire. He is called the Governor among the nations and the Desire of all nations. What these names mean is that He is in charge of the affairs of the nations, and can do as He pleases in any nation. He appoints whosoever He wills as president, governor, senator, etc. The nation that wants peace is the nation that desires Him, and His peace will reign in that nation. The word of God says, He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 1 John 5:12 (KJV) and, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36 (KJV)

Having the Son of God in your life is what matters ultimately both in this life and in the life hereafter. And what really matters is the life hereafter, because it is eternal, not temporal like the one, we are living here on earth, which gives man a life span of no more than 120 years. In other words, the most you can live and enjoy this world is 120 years, but there is a life which has no time limitit is everlasting! This is the life that is offered to you if you would have Jesus Christ, the Son of God in your life.

You may have heard a call like this in time past, and are yet to decide to have Jesus in your life. Today, another opportunity is presented to you by this broadcast, please give it a good thought and take that right decision now. Once you have decided to have Jesus Christ in your life, invite Him into your heart using your own words, ask for Gods forgiveness and renounce sin in your life. Finally, the word of God urges, Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psalms 2:10-12 (KJV). It is indeed wisdom to embrace the Son of God because He is the One Who ultimately decides where you will spend eternity.

Dear friend, God is crying out to the world today: 'My Son, my Son, who will have my Son?' Because, whoever has the Son will get everything else!

Let us pray!