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Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
A BUNDLE OF RAGS
A beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he
saw a proclamation posted outside the palace
gate. The king was giving a great dinner. Anyone
dressed in royal garments was invited to the party.
rags he was wearing and sighed. Surely only
kings and their families wore royal robes,
Slowly an idea crept into his mind. The audacity
of it made him tremble. Would he dare? He made
his way back to the palace. He approached
the guard at the gate.
will see you," he said, and led the beggar in.
"You wish to see me?" asked the king.
the banquet, but I have no royal robes to wear.
Please, sir, if I may be so bold, may I have one
of your old garments so that I, too, may come
to the banquet?"
the faint smile that was on the king's face. "You
have been wise in coming to me," the king said.
He called to his son, the young prince. "Take
this man to your room and array him in some
of your clothes."
was standing before a mirror, clothed in garments
that he had never dared hope for. You are
now eligible to attend the king's banquet
tomorrow night," said the prince. "But even
more important, you will never need any other
clothes. These garments will last forever."
you," he cried. But as he started to leave, he
looked back at his pile of dirty rags on the floor.
He hesitated. What if the prince was wrong?
What if he would need his old clothes again.
Quickly he gathered them up.
imagined, but he could not enjoy himself as he
should. He had made a small bundle of his old
rags and it kept falling off his lap. The food
was passed quickly and the beggar missed
some of the greatest delicacies.
Time proved that the prince was aright. The
clothes lasted forever. Still the poor beggar
grew fonder and fonder of his old rags.
royal robes he was wearing. They saw only
the little bundle of filthy rags that he clung
to wherever he went. They even spoke of
him as the old man with the rags. One day
as he lay dying, the king visited him. The
beggar saw the sad look on the king's
face when he looked at the small
bundle of rags by
prince's words and he realized that his
bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime
of true royalty. He wept bitterly at his
folly, And the king wept with him.
the family of God. To feast at God's dinner
table, all we have to do is shed our old rags
and put on the "new clothes" of faith which
is provided by God's Son, Jesus Christ.
But we cannot hold onto our old rags.
go of the sin in our life, and our old ways
of living. Those things must be discarded
if we are to experience true royalty
and abundant life in Christ.
new has come!" (2 Corinthians
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