father hung up the portrait on the most conspicuous place. Each time, when
someone visited him, he at first showed them the portrait of his son, and only
later – the collection of the famous pictures.
months later the old man died, and the large auction of his pictures was
announced. Many influential people gathered, exited by the opportunity to buy
some for their collections. On the platform there was a picture of the son. The
auctioneer knocked with a hammer: «We shall begin the auction with this picture
of the son. Who will offer the price for this picture?» From behind someone
cried out: «We want to see famous pictures! Miss this one!» But the auctioneer
persisted: «What offers there will be for this picture? Who will begin the
offering ? $ 100, $ 200?!»
Another voice cried out angrily: «We came here not to see this painting. We came to see Van Gogh, Rembrandt. Give the real offers!» But nevertheless the auctioneer continued: “The Son”! “The son!” Who will take “The Son?”
last from the very back part of the room there was a voice. It was an old
gardener of the man and his son. He shouted: «I will give $ 10 for the picture!»
Being poor, it was everything that he could afford.
«We have $ 10, who will offer 20?»
«Give it to him for $ 10! Let's to watch the masters!»
«$ 10 is an offer, won't anybody offer $ 20?»
crowd began to become angry. They did not want the picture of the son. They
wanted more worthy investments
for their collections. The auctioneer knocked with a hammer: «$ 10- one, $ 10 -
two, $ 10 - three. Is sold for $ 10!»
man sitting in the second row impatiently cried: «Well, now let's, at last,
begin the collection!» The auctioneer put the hammer: «I’m sorry, the
auction is completed».
«And what about other pictures?!»
«I regret. When I was called to carry out this auction, the desire of the dead
was told me. According to the agreement I could not divulge it up to this
moment. Only the picture of the son was on auction. Who would buy this picture
would inherit the complete collection, including all pictures. The
man, who took “The Son”, gets it all».
God gave us His Son 2,000 years ago, that He died on the cross for us. Similarly
to the offer of the auctioneer His message today is: the son, Son, who will take
Son? As you see, who takes the Son - get everything.
you take the Son? Will you be able to remain righteous to him, having undergone
all the sneers and mockeries of the world? The same as He remained righteous to
you up to the end. If you want it, God has a Plan for you. Everything that God
promised through the prophets He executed in accuracy. We haven’t the
slightest doubt that God will change His promise given to mankind: the righteous
will live happily in the world of God forever, not knowing grief, illnesses,
death, problems and disappointments.
But «the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force» (Mat.11:12). «He who endures to the end» will receive everything.
are only two doors and it is necessary to choose the right one. To win the right
to fly up or to fell into the garbage heap – it is your choice.