Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:1-3
The following essay was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in The Children’s Six Minutes in 1922. The book is now in the public domain and available for reading free on the internet.
There is not a girl or boy … who does not feel within the desire to do good. The drawing power of good–in other words, the drawing power of God. He it is who says to you, “Come.”
I want to illustrate this by a few things which I have here. The first is this magnet. And here are some small nails. These tiny nails represent girls and boys of about eleven or twelve years of age. I apply the magnet to these nails and I lift up–can you see me–twenty-five or thirty nails. You see it is a great deal easier to respond to the drawing power of good, to answer the great “Come,” in girlhood and boyhood.
Now here are some nails that are a little larger. I can lift up only five or six of these larger nails. They represent young people of eighteen or nineteen. As one gets older he does not hear as readily, at least he does not answer, Christ’s blessed “Come.”
Next we have some nails still larger. The magnet will lift up only one or two of these. They stand for men and women in mature life. Oh, if one has not responded to Christ’s call in childhood or youth, it becomes increasingly difficult as the years pass. How seldom, how very seldom, does an aged one answer the divine call and give his heart to the Lord!
Here is a very large nail, and it is rusty. Indeed it is literally coated with rust. This represents the life that is deep in sin. For long years this life has been persisting in his evil ways. As the magnet must be very strong to penetrate the rust and grip the nail, so Christ’s call must be strong and loving to reach the sinful soul. Christ can save “from the uttermost,” but how much better it is to say in early youth, “I hear thy voice, my Lord. Gladly I come.”
For Further Study:
- There are many verses from the Bible that tell us not to wait to remember our Creator. Read Psalm 90:12; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Ephesians 5:15-16; Colossians 4:5.
- Read Luke 9:57-62 and 14:15-24. What kind of excuses did people give in these stories? What was Christ’s reactions to these excuses? Can you think of similar excuses that people give today for not obeying God?
- Why do you think a young person can find it easier to remember his Creator than an older person? What advantages do the young have over older people? How are you making use of these advantages in your service to God?