In a sermon preached by Bishop Hall, upon his eightieth birthday, he relates the following story. ‘There was a certain Lord who kept a Fool* in his house, as many a great man did in those days for their pleasure; to whom this Lord gave a staff, and charged him to keep it till he met with one who was a greater fool than himself; and if he should meet with such a one, to deliver it over to him. Not many years after, his Lord fell sick; and indeed was sick unto death. His Fool came to see him; and was told by his sick Lord that he must now shortly leave him. “And whither wilt thou go?” said the Fool. “Into another world.” said the Lord. “And when wilt thou come again? – within a month?” “No.” Within a year?” “No.” “What then?” “Never.” “Never! And what provision hast thou made for thy entertainment there whither thou goest?” “None at all.” “No!” said the Fool, “none at all? Here, take my staff, then. Art thou going away forever, and hast taken no order, whence thou shalt never return? Take my staff, for I am not guilty of any such folly as this.”‘
*A ‘Fool’ was a entertainer in a nobleman’s home.
We should always be prepared to meet our Lord, for all will meet him, whether they are saved or not. If anyone has just read this post, and is NOT ready to meet the Lord, I would plead with them, “Come to your Maker! His Son is the only one who can save you from the wrath of a Holy God. Become one of Christ’s children, and when you die, you will have that assurance that you will live with Him forever in his kingdom.” And for those who are Christ’s lamb’s: Will you preach the Gospel to those who do not know The King? For they will come under the wrath of God, unless they are brought to a saving knowledge of Christ; and you may be God’s instrument unto salvation. To God be all the Glory!