The Jello Lesson
Carla stirred Jello into boiling water, added cold water, and put the bowl with the watery mixture in the refrigerator to set. "Didn't Dana ask you to come over to play this afternoon?" asked Mother after Carla had finished washing the dishes.
Carla shrugged. "Yeah," she said, "but I don't feel like playing with her. I'm beginning to think she's hopeless. She always wants her own way, and she says mean things about other kids--stuff like that."
"Hm-m-m-m. That's too bad," said Mother. "Well, maybe it's time to check your Jello."
Carla went to the refrigerator. "It's getting there," she said. "It's ready for the fruit." She added apples and bananas to the Jello while she continued to complain about Dana.
"Tell me something," said Mother. "Dana became a Christian just recently. Has she improved at all since then?"
"Oh, sure." Carla nodded. "She used to be just awful - nobody liked her. Now she's not as bad, but she still has a long way to go."
"Like the Jello," said Mother.
"The Jello?" repeated Carla. "What do you mean?"
"The Jello has improved since you started it, but it has a long way to go, too," explained Mother. "It isn't hopeless, though. In time it will be set and ready to eat. It reminds me that Christians don't usually 'set' all at once, either. It takes time. As Christians grow in the Lord, they improve in outward behavior. We need to be patient with them."
"Maybe we can add some 'fruit' to help them." Carla was enjoying the comparison. "Like. . .we can pray for them, and we can be friendly."
"Good," approved Mother, "and let's remember that you and I aren't finished yet, either. Let's grow together."
HOW ABOUT YOU? Do you know Christians who need a lot of improvement? Are you praying for them? Are you helping them by being friendly and encouraging them to attend church and study God's Word? Do you set a good example for them? God finishes what He starts. He'll finish what He has begun in them--and in you.
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)
The Children's Bible Hour