Horses and cows wandered around the pasture, grazing on the plentiful grass. One particular horse, Horace, took time each day to watch what was going on around him. He noticed that when the farmer banged his grain bucket, all the cows lined up in a very orderly fashion. They quietly, without pushing, walked towards the barn. Each cow entered the barn in single file. The barn was a sturdy building with four beautiful, red walls. Horace also noticed that when the horses decided to go to the horse barn, they kicked and nipped their way across the pasture. The scattered group would enter their barn. It had only three walls painted a boring brown.
One day Horace became fed up with being a horse. He decided he was going to be a cow. So, when the farmer banged the grain bucket, Horace lined up with the cows. He walked slowly and carefully in between two cows in the line heading for the barn. He swished his tail at the same time as the cow in front of him. He picked his feet up, just like the cow behind. He was quite pleased that he could do such a good job of being a cow. He was looking forward to seeing the inside of the barn. He loved the vivid, red walls on the outside.
When Horace arrived at the barn the farmer would not let him in. The farmer said, “Horace, you are not a cow. Go back to the other barn. You don’t belong with the cows because you are a horse. You have to be born a cow to come in this barn.” Horace was sad because he thought if he just acted like a cow he could be a cow.
Sometimes kids behave like Horace. They think that if they just act like a Christian they will be a Christian. The Bible says that we “must be born again” (John 3:7). Perhaps you already know that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our sins must be forgiven in order for us to be ready to enter Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again. His blood was shed to pay for our sin. When you, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, … you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). When you trust that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you, then your sins are forgiven. You become a child of God with a home in Heaven forever. Have you asked the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Saviour? He’s waiting to hear from you!
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