“I know the most Bible verses in my class,” said Betty. Then, after thinking a bit, she asked, “Mother, does that make me the best Christian in my class?”
Mother sat down with Betty. “Darling,” she said, “I hope all the boys and girls in your class are very, very good, and that you are the best Christian of them all. But knowing some Bible verses may not even make a person a Christian at all, let alone a good Christian.”
“But I learned them to please Jesus,” said Betty.
“Then they show that you love Jesus and that you want to be a good Christian,” said her mother. “But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing. Which Bible verses do you know?”
Betty said, “I know, ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart’ and ‘Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’ and a lot more.”
“Well,” said her mother, “do you always believe that the Lord Jesus loves you and is with you all the time, and do you trust that He can and will take care of you?”
“N-no, not always,” Betty admitted; “I still worry a lot, don’t I?”
“I’m afraid so,” said her mother with a smile. “What other verses do you know?”
“’This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you.’ Jesus said that,” Betty told her mother.
“I’m glad you know that verse,” said her mother. “But how about the doing? Do you always love Tom the way Jesus loves you?” Betty often quarrelled with her brother Tom.
“No, Mother,” said Betty. “I guess just knowing Bible verses doesn’t make me a good Christian. But if I’ll remember to do them, I’ll be a better Christian, won’t I?”
“Yes,” said her mother, “and Jesus said, ‘If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.’ The more you really do whatever the Bible tells you, the happier you will be.”