|"I Give You Me"
Here is a true story about a nine-year-old boy who
lived in a rural town in Tennessee. His house
was in a poor area of the
A church had a bus ministry that came knocking on
his door one Saturday afternoon.
The kid came to answer the door and greeted the
The bus pastor asked if his parents were home and
the small boy
told him that his parents take off every weekend
him at home to take care of his little brother.
The bus pastor couldn't
believe what the kid said and asked him to repeat
it. The youngster gave the
same answer and the bus pastor asked to come in
and talk with him.
They went into the living room and sat down on an
old couch with the foam
and springs exposed. The bus pastor asked
the kid, "Where do you go
The young boy surprised the visitor by replying,
"I've never been to
church in my whole life."
The bus pastor thought to himself about the fact
that his church was less
than three miles from the child's house. "Are
you sure you have never
been to church?" he asked again.
"I sure haven't", came his answer.
Then the bus pastor said, "Well, son, more important
than going to church,
have you ever heard the greatest love story ever
told? "And then he proceeded to share the
Gospel with this little nine-year-old boy.
The young lad's heart began to be tenderized and
at the end of the bus
pastor's story the bus pastor asked if the boy wanted
to receive this free
gift from God. The youngster exclaimed, "You
Bet! The kid and the bus
pastor got on their knees and the lad invited Jesus
into his little heart
and received the free gift of salvation. They
both stood up and the bus
pastor asked if he could pick the kid up for church
the next morning.
"Sure," the nine year old replied.
The bus pastor got to the house early the next morning
and found the
lights off. He let himself in and snaked his
way through the house and
found the little boy asleep in his bed. He
woke up the little boy and his
brother and helped get them dressed. They
got on the bus and ate a donut
for breakfast on their way to church. Keep
that this boy had never been to church before.
The church was a real
The little kid just sat there, clueless of what was
going on. A few minutes into the service these
tall unhappy guys
walked down to the front and picked up some wooden
plates. One of the men
prayed and the kid with utter fascination watched
them walk up and down the
aisles. He still didn't know what was going on.
All of a sudden like a bolt of lightning it hit the
kid what was taking
place. These people must be giving money to
Jesus. He then reflected on
the free gift of life he had received just twenty-four
hours earlier. He
immediately searched his pockets, front and back,
find a thing to give Jesus. By this time the offering
plate was being
passed down his aisle and with a broken heart he
just grabbed the plate and
held on to it. He finally let go and watched
it pass on down the
aisle. He turned around to see it passed down the
aisle behind him. And then
his eyes remained glued on the plate as it was passed
back and forth, back
and forth all the way to the rear of the sanctuary.
Then he had an idea. This little nine-year-old boy,
in front of God and everybody, got up out of his
seat. He walked about
eight rows back, grabbed the usher by the coat and
asked to hold the
plate one more time. Then he did the most astounding
thing I have ever
heard of. He took the plate, sat it on the
carpeted church floor and
stepped into the center of it.
As he stood there, he lifted his little head up and
said, "Jesus, I don't have anything to give you
today, but just me. I
give you me!"
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