“The Old Man’s Oil Can”

Posted: August 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

     There was an old man who carried a little can of oil with him wherever he went. Whenever he heard a door squeak, he would put a few drops of oil on the hinges. If he came across a gate that didn’t swing properly, he lubricated it too. Some people thought he was a little eccentric, queer, and somewhat odd.

     There are many people whose lives are “squeaky.” They could use a little oil of kindness, gentleness, and thoughtfulness to enrich their lives. Every Christian can/should be a philanthropist for the glory of God and the good of others (Ephesians 2:10; 4:32).  He/she needs to receive, practice, and then share the Word of God with others (James 1:19-27). It is alive and powerful and can change lives if one will believe it and then practice what it says (Hebrews 4:12; Romans 12:1, 2).

     Religion is an attempt on man’s part to earn his way to heaven or a better life by his good works.  Some fast and pray, attend and give to their church, or do philanthropic works.  They fail to realize that we are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (not the Christ of the cults) lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). 

     Don’t be deceived by the devil (2 Corinthians 4:4) or deceive yourself (Matthew 7:21-23; James 1:26).  Many people believe “in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).   Are you one of them?  There is only one way to heaven and one name by which we must be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

     If a Christian wants to have a “pure religion” (James 1:26, 27), he must let the Holy Spirit control his tongue (Galatians 5:16), have a compassionate heart that gets involved in doing good to all men, especially Christians (Galatians 6:10), and live a life of moral purity (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15, 16). 

     “Pure religion has nothing to do with ceremonies, temples, or special days. Pure religion means practicing God’s Word and sharing it with others, through speech, service, and separation from the world.” – W. Wiersbe

     The good deeds of an unsaved philanthropist won’t save him. He must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day. Have you done that yet? If not, why not become a believer today? Demonstrate your faith by being baptized (immersed).

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