Cashing In

          Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher, told this story from his pulpit in London:
          A woman had been hired by a very rich man to take care of his household. She served the rich man faithfully for over twenty years. When the wealthy man was about to die, he called the poor woman to his bedside and thanked her for her faithfulness to him. He had no heirs, and therefore decided to be generous to the woman. He wrote something on a piece of paper and handed it to her. She was grateful for this act of remembrance on his part.
          She lived in a little shack on the outskirts of the city of London. She took the piece of paper home and pinned it up on the wall. Several years later she became sick and Spurgeon was called to visit her.
          After he prayed for her, he walked around the room and noticed this piece of paper on the wall. He turned to the woman and asked her about it and she told him the story. He added, “Can you read?”
          She said, “No, I have never been taught how to read.”
          And then he said, “Madam, this piece of paper is a check for a great deal of money. You did not have to be living in these poor circumstances. You could have been living in the finest houses in London, eating the finest foods.”
The scriptures tell us that when we first put our faith in Jesus Christ, he placed his Holy Spirit in our lives to give us all the resources of heaven. The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is like a blank check that God has written and signed, all we need to do is cash it.
-Pastor Dino Griffin