Matthew 13: 22 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”
There is a popular folk tale featured in The Little Golden Book that has been passed down from generation to generation of elementary school children entitled “The Little Red Hen.”
In this story, the Little Red Hen finds a grain of wheat and sets forth on a journey to turn wheat into bread. Along the way, Little Red Hen solicits the labor and cooperation of the other farm animals without success. She asks them to help her harvest, thresh, carry and bake the bread; however, she is met with a barrage of “I won’t(s).”
After the Little Red Hen’s efforts culminated into a sweet, aromatic, freshly baked loaf of bread, she asked the question “Who will help me eat the bread?” All the farm animals that were previously occupied or disinterested in assisting the Little Red Hen with making the bread, suddenly were able to clear their schedules to help her eat the bread.
The Little Red Hen told them all “No you won’t” and served the bread to herself and her chicks.
Jesus Christ has already baked and prepared the bread. (John 6:48 “I am that bread of life.”) Unlike the Little Red Hen and farm animals, no one could prepare this bread but Christ. (Hebrews 4:15 (b) “but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”)
Unlike the Little Red Hen, after Christ bakes and prepares the bread, He brings it to our door for us to partake. (Revelations 3:20 (a) “Behold, I stand at the door and knock ...”) He also announces himself. (Revelations 3:20(b) “if any man hear my voice …”)
Yet, many persons today, like the animals in the story, are preoccupied with things they prioritize — such as watching football games, social dinners, sorority/fraternity events, movies, etc. (Matthew 16:26 (a) “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul?”)
What a gentleman Christ is! He does not force himself into our lives. In His omniscience, He knows that those that are “too busy” to answer His call are yet “eating, drinking and being merry.”
Perhaps He restrains himself because, like the Little Red Hen, there will come a time when He will take His bread elsewhere and those who heard him knock but were “too busy” to respond will never be “bothered” by Him again. (Revelations 20:15 “And whomsoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”)
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro. For more information on his writings please go to: andraecrismon.org