"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 bus pastor. 

    The bus pastor asked if his parents were home and the small boy
    told him that his parents take off every weekend and leave
    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
    to church?"

    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 in mind
    that this boy had never been to church before.  The church was a real
    big one.

    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, and couldn't
    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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