||[Jan. 30th, 2007|11:55 am]
Surrendering to the call of Christ
Hey I am new to this community I ahve this story that some one gave me here it is:
There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his
one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics. He would
always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23.Each
night,without exception, as the actor began his recitation -"The Lord is
my shepherd, I shall not want"-the crowd would listen attentively. And
then, at the conclusion of the psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in
appreciation of the actor's incredible ability to bring the verse to life.
But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary
recital of Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. "Sir do
you mind if tonight I recite Psalm 23? "The actor was quite taken
back by this unusual request, but he allowed the young man to come
forward and stand front and center on the stage to recite the psalm,
knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his own talent.
With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the psalm. When he
was finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation as on
other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping. The audience
had been so moved by the young man's recitation that every eye was full of tears.
Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth, "I don't
understand. I have been performing Psalm 23 for years. I have a lifetime of
experience and training - but I have never been able to move an
audience as you have tonight. Tell me, what is your secret? "The
young man humbly replied, "Well sir, you know the psalm... but I know the shepherd."
It's not enough to just know the content of the Bible - its stories,
its sayings, and its teachings. Unless you know the author, the Bible is
nothing more than just another book. But when you put your faith in
Jesus Christ and have entered into a personal relationship with God
the Father, the Bible truly becomes "living and active - sharper than
any double-edged sword"(Hebrews 4:12)