Are You a Stranger?

 •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 6
Grandma Evans was walking slowly home from the store. It was a lovely fall day, and the leaves were rustling under her feet. Children were running and playing in the park. The playground had a chain link fence around it, and two little boys came up to the fence to watch her go by. Grandma smiled at them and said, "Hello."
One of the little boys asked very solemnly: "Are you a stranger?" as he peered through the fence.
Grandma stopped to think a moment. This little boy's mother had surely warned him not to talk to strangers or to go with them, so she answered, "Yes, I am a stranger to you."
As she started to walk on towards her home the little boys walked along beside her on their side of the fence. Soon the other little boy said, "How do you know you are a stranger?"
Grandma stopped again and looked into those innocent, wide blue eyes. She felt she must be careful again how she replied. "If you do not know who I am, and if you have never seen me before, and if your parents do not know me, then I am a stranger," she said.
"Good-by then, stranger," said the first little fellow.
But Grandma stayed longer to tell them that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true Friend, and if they knew. Him and knew how He loved them, He would never be a stranger but would become their very best friend.
To many people the Lord Jesus is the Stranger. They do not know Him as their own personal Savior and, sad to say, they do not wish to either. Some have not been introduced to Jesus through the gospel, and their families do not know Him either.
How wonderful it is to know the Lord Jesus as your own Savior! He died for sinners (and even little children are sinners) so that we could have our sins forgiven and be with Him forever in heaven. He is no longer a stranger to us if we receive Him as our Savior, for He loves us and will come soon to take us with Him to heaven.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. (Eph. 2:1919Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (Ephesians 2:19).)
The Lord Jesus said that He would never leave you, nor forsake you. Take Him as your Savior now, and have Him as your friend forever.