Horses and cows wandered aroundÂ the pasture, grazing on the plentifulÂ grass. One particular horse, Horace,Â took time each day to watch what wasÂ going on around him. He noticed thatÂ when the farmer banged his grainÂ bucket, all the cows lined up in a veryÂ orderly fashion. They quietly, withoutÂ pushing, walked towards the barn. EachÂ cow entered the barn in single file. TheÂ barn was a sturdy building with fourÂ beautiful, red walls. Horace also noticedÂ that when the horses decided to go to theÂ horse barn, they kicked and nipped theirÂ way across the pasture. The scatteredÂ group would enter their barn. It had onlyÂ three walls painted a boring brown.
One day Horace became fed up withÂ being a horse. He decided he was goingÂ to be a cow. So, when the farmer bangedÂ the grain bucket, Horace lined up withÂ the cows. He walked slowly and carefullyÂ in between two cows in the line headingÂ for the barn. He swished his tail at theÂ same time as the cow in front of him.Â He picked his feet up, just like the cowÂ behind. He was quite pleased that heÂ could do such a good job of being a cow.Â He was looking forward to seeing theÂ inside of the barn. He loved the vivid,Â red walls on the outside.
When Horace arrived at the barn theÂ farmer would not let him in. The farmerÂ said, â€œHorace, you are not a cow. GoÂ back to the other barn. You donâ€™t belongÂ with the cows because you are a horse.Â You have to be born a cow to come inÂ this barn.â€ Horace was sad because heÂ thought if he just acted like a cow heÂ could be a cow.
Sometimes kids behave like Horace.Â They think that if they just act like aÂ Christian they will be a Christian. TheÂ Bible says that we â€œmust be born againâ€Â (John 3:7). Perhaps you already knowÂ that, â€œall have sinned and fall short of the gloryÂ of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23). Our sins mustÂ be forgiven in order for us to be readyÂ to enter Heaven. The Lord Jesus ChristÂ died on the cross and rose again. HisÂ blood was shed to pay for our sin. WhenÂ you, â€œbelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, … youÂ will be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31). When you trustÂ that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you,Â then your sins are forgiven. You becomeÂ a child of God with a home in HeavenÂ forever. Have you asked the Lord JesusÂ Christ to be your Saviour? Heâ€™s waitingÂ to hear from you!
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