By Larry Pasley
Ten Little Christians standing in line
One disliked the preacher, then there were nine
Nine little Christians stayed up very late
One overslept, then there were eight
Eight little Christians on their way to Heaven
One took the low road and then there were seven
Seven little Christians chirping like chicks
One disliked the music, then there were six
Six little Christians seemed very much alive
but one lost his interest then there was five
Five little Christians pulling for Heaven's Shore
but one stopped to rest , then there were four
Four little Christians each busy as a bee
One got his feelings hurt, then there were three
Three little Christians knew not what to do
One joined the sporty crowd, then there were two
Two little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done
They differed with each other, then there was one
One little Christian can't do much 'tis true
brought his friend to bible study- - then there were two
Two earnest Christians, each won one more
That doubled the number, then there were four
Four sincere Christians worked early and late
Each won another then there were eight
Eight splendid Christians if they doubled as before
In only just ten years, we'd have 1,024
In this little jingle, there is a lesson true,
You belong either to the building or to the wrecking crew!
Church decline and growth is determined by many factors. Some of those are referred to in the poem above. The question for each of us is seen in the last line.
Are we part of the building crew or the wrecking crew?
If everyone in this congregation was just like you, would the church be growing or declining?
May we be sure we are helping to build up the church not tear it down.
- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.JacksonStAlex.com