1 Cor 4:20
‘For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.’ (MKJV)
‘ Porque o reino de Deus não consiste em palavras, mas em poder.’ (PJFA)
As I was walking down life’s highway, I came upon a sign that read ‘Heaven’s Grocery Store.’
When I got a little closer, the doors swung open wide and I walked through the entrance. I saw a host of angels. One handed me a shopping cart and instructed me to fill it.
I headed down the aisles and noticed that everything anyone would ever need was in that store. Just when I began to wonder how I would ever carry everything, an angel approached me and said, ‘Whatever you can’t carry, you can come back for’.
I first grabbed some Patience. Then I found a huge box of Understanding. Can’t have too much of that, I mused. So I grabbed an extra box. Then I noticed Love in the same row and put an oversized load of that in my cart.
Next I got some Wisdom and a couple of bags of Faith. I couldn’t overlook Charity, so I grabbed that too. Oh my goodness, I thought, the Holy Spirit’s here! He’s all over the place – plentiful as can be! So I took a generous helping and then came upon Strength.
Realizing I’d need that to help me through the tough times ahead, I didn’t hesitate to put some in my cart. And then I came upon Courage. Gotta have that, too.
My cart was getting full, but I remembered I needed Grace. Then I chose Salvation and rejoiced inwardly that it was free. Wow! I thought. I’ve got everything I need to do God’s will.
But as I moved toward the cashier, I noticed Prayer. I’ll need a lot of that, I reasoned, because when I step outside this store, I’ll be stepping right into the world of sin. So I stocked up on Prayer and couldn’t help but notice Peace and Joy. They were plentiful, so I helped myself. And right next to the cashier’s counter, I noticed Praise and Worship, so I placed them on top.
Then I said to the angel working at the cash register, ‘How much do I owe?’
But he just smiled and said, ‘Take them everywhere you go.’
So I repeated the question: ‘Really. How much do I owe?’
‘My child,’ he said, ‘God paid your bill a long, long time ago.’