The Cell: A Wellspring of Good Works

A wellspring is an “unending source.”  Virtually everyone reading this post would agree that one cannot earn his/her salvation through good works.  Rather, it’s because of our salvation that we choose to participate in good works.  What if your cell members were encouraged to be a part of a wellspring of good works?

Jesus:  You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…Let your good works shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Do you remember the following story?

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer.  One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog.  He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.  There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.  Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings.  An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.  “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman, “You saved my son’s life.”

“No, I can’t accpet payment for what I did,” the Scotish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.  “Is this your son?”  the nobleman asked.  “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.  “I’ll make you a deal.  Let me take him and give him a good education.  If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”

And that he did.  In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. 

What saved him?  You guessed it– Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman?  Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son’s name?  Sir Winston Churchill. 

One never knows where one good deed might lead.  May your cell be a wellspring of good works that glorify your Father in heaven.

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