A captain of a small fishing boat bought a new fishing pole. He was quite proud of the new pole. His first mate and friend was unhappy with the pole because it cost more than what he was paid in a month.
The two had an argument and parted company without a word. The captain was satisfied at first, thinking he could fish as he pleased, and with whom he pleased.
For a few days he tried to fish alone, but decided it was better to ensure the safety of his boat after a close call. The search for a new mate took longer than he first expected. Eventually he hired an able man, only to let him go because he was constantly sea sick. Several others were hired with disappointing results.
The captain began fishing in the evening with his beloved pole to use it once more. He didn’t trust his latest clumsy employee with the pole. The large savings he had built up from years of work was beginning to dwindle after hiring and then losing employee after employee.
He thought of his old friend as he stood in the dark looking out in in the black water. Deep in thought, he didn’t notice his employee who wandered on deck and bumped into a barrel that rolled toward him. Before he knew what was happening, the captain felt his pole slip from his hands and into the water. He almost dove in after it, but stopped himself. The item of such importance and pride was simply gone.
The captain decided to restore the relationship with his friend by apologizing. His bills were mounting up and he was desperate. He would pay his friend his worth this time. He searched, but discovered he had waited too long; his friend was happily employed and far away. Time passed and eventually he was forced to sell his boat and work as a first mate to a previous competitor.
Moral of the Story:
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Matthew 3:8-9 tells us of a group of people who took for granted the relationship God had bestowed upon them. They were unaware of how blessed they were, and the gracious favor they enjoyed, and instead treated God as if He were under obligation to them. I catch myself doing this as well, because of things like some great prayer or some act I did. I want to remember that God doesn’t owe me anything, in fact I am in His debt and to stay grateful.