The Lord’s Share
Martyn Lloyd-Jones told a story about a farmer who went into the house one day to tell his wife and family some good news. “The cow just gave birth to twin calves, one red and one white,” he said.
He continued, “We must dedicate one of these calves to the Lord. We will bring them up together, and when the time comes, we will sell one and keep the proceeds and we will sell the other and give the proceeds to the Lords work.” His wife asked him which he was going to dedicate to the Lord. “Theres no need to bother about that now,” he replied, “well treat them both in the same way, and when the time comes, well do as I say.”
A few days later, he entered the kitchen looking unhappy. “What happened?” his wife asked. “I have bad news,” he replied. “The Lords calf is dead.” “Wait,” said his wife, “you didnt decide which calf was to be the Lords.” “Yes,” he said, “I decided it was the white one, and the white one died. The Lords calf is dead.”