Humpty Dumpty

The ever popular nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” and its first recorded versions of the rhyme date from late eighteenth century England. The rhyme is about an egg which sat on a wall and fell off. As one might expect, when Humpty Dumpty hit the ground he broke into pieces. Efforts were made to repair Humpty Dumpty but to no avail. The outcome of this rhyme could be applicable to many people today. In a metaphorical sense, people sit / straddle a fence / wall when it comes to a daily walk with Christ. Individuals will lay claim to being converted to Christ, yet their commitment shows otherwise. Perhaps this statement may seem harsh to some or I am being judgmental but what does the scripture state? In Matthew 6:24 we read No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. The word mammon refers to riches, which can be, power, prestige, popularity, possessions and of course money. In Luke 6:43-46 the scripture speaks of good and bad fruit and in verse 46 Christ asks why call ye me Lord Lord and do not the things which I say? In other words, where is the commitment? We also see this in Mat 7:18 & 20 A good tree can’t bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit, one can be identified by their fruits (works). In the rhyme of Humpty Dumpty ones attention is focused on the broken egg on the ground but what if he never sat on or straddled the wall? Would the outcome have been the same? When one straddles the fence with their commitment and life to Christ they too will have the same outcome as Humpty Dumpty. In the book of James we read that faith without works is dead and work requires commitment. Christianity requires commitment, thus it requires work. Christ said to take up our cross daily and follow after him. Are you really living the life you should if you claim is to be a follower of Christ or are you simply straddling the fence? The lesson learned from Humpty Dumpty is not to straddle the fence when it comes to our service to the Lord. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth. Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email

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