Bobby was a happy little boy who loved animals. On the life style block where he lived there was a donkey, two dogs called Skip and Spot, several calves and a mother cow called Brownie. Bobby loved them all, and spent all his spare time outside with them. Bobby’s dad milked Brownie each morning and Bobby took the milk inside for Mother.
Every Sunday the family went to church and the children would go off into their classes. Bobby learned all about Jesus in his class. His teacher told them the most interesting stories. One Sunday she explained how Jesus had been killed by some wicked men and had come back to life three days later. After a few weeks, He had gone back to heaven while His friends watched. She said they saw angels who said that one day Jesus was going to come again the same way. Bobby listened to all this and thought that it was alright for grown-ups, but it really didn't have anything to do with little boys. At lunch time, his mother asked him about the lesson. Bobby thought for a minute and then said that it was about Jesus coming back one day.
“Does that mean that everyone is going to be with Jesus then?” his father asked. Bobby thought again.
“No”, he said, “Teacher said that only those who love Jesus will go to be with Him”.
“Do you love Jesus?” Father asked.
Bobby squirmed. He knew he loved his animals more than anything else, maybe even more than Jesus. Bobby soon forgot all this and time went by. One evening at tea-time, Father said, “I’ve been thinking Bobby. Would you like to have Brownie all for your own?” “Ooh, yes!” Bobby exclaimed. “Well”, said Father, “ I’ve decided that when Jesus comes back, you can have Brownie all for yourself”. “Ooh yippee!” cried Bobby, “All for me!”
After tea, he rushed out to where Brownie was munching her hay, and whispered in her ear, “You will be all mine when Jesus comes back!”
Then he suddenly thought, Dad and Mum won’t be here though, they will have gone with Jesus. Sarah and Betty won’t be here either because they love Jesus too and will go to be with Him too! Maybe it isn’t such a good idea after all!
But Brownie gave a little moo and rubbed her head against his shoulder. She was SUCH a nice animal, and she loved him too. He would be able to look after her all the time!
Bobby woke up that night and everything was SO quiet. Perhaps Jesus had come already and everyone else had gone! His heart started to pound, and he sneaked down the passage outside his parent’s bedroom to see if he could hear them. There was no noise! Then he heard a faint snore, and his heart slowed down again. It was alright, his Mum and Dad were still there!
But he couldn’t get back to sleep again. He knew he wouldn’t go to be with Jesus because he loved Brownie more. Suddenly Brownie didn't seem so important. He wanted to be sure he would go with Jesus when He came back. Bobby slipped out of bed and kneeled down beside it.
“Please Lord Jesus”, he whispered, “I want to love You more than I do. I want to be with You when You come back. Please forgive my sins and help me to know You better”. Bobby then crawled back into bed, and oh, the relief that filled him! He knew he would still love Brownie, but now He would love Jesus the most.