Once upon a time, there was a man who had nothing … and God gave him ten apples.
He gave him three apples to eat, three to trade for shelter from the sun and rain, and three apples to trade for clothing to wear. He gave him one apple so that the man might have something to give back to God to show his gratitude for the other nine.
The man ate three apples.
He traded three apples for shelter from the sun and the rain.
He traded three apples for clothing to wear.
Then he looked at the tenth apple. He knew that God had given him the tenth apple so he could return it to God out of gratitude for the other nine. But the tenth apple seemed bigger and juicier than the rest. And he reasoned that God had all the other apples in the world …
….So the man ate the tenth apple
….and gave God back the core.
This parable written by the prolific author anonymous, raises a personal, probing question, “What are we giving back to God?”
What are we giving God from…
What are we giving God on this Sunday? On this day He has given us life.
Are we using Sunday, like every other day, just for ourselves?
Are we enjoying the blessings of the apples He’s given us…
…And just giving God the core?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman