The Parable of the Good Devil
By Rodney Rountree
(from "God is Still Speaking: Parables for Today")
The Devil stood by a lake watching a child drown. A Christian happened along and the Devil said “Look a child is drowning, jump in and save him.” But the Christian was filled with fear and said to himself “If the Devil is telling me this, it must be a trap. If I jump in to save the child I will be eaten by a monster” and he ran off. Next another Christian came by and the Devil said to her “Look. A child is drowning. Jump in and save him.” But she too, reasoned that the Devil sought to trick her. “He wants me to save an evil demon and I will not” she said as she ran off. Next another Christian came along and the Devil repeated his request. This time the Christian said to himself “I know this is the Devil, but a child may be drowning.” And so he jumped in to save the child. Yet again, the Devil stood by a lake watching a drowning child. This time, an atheist came by and the Devil said to her “Look. A child is drowning. Jump in and save him.” Not knowing it was the Devil who spoke, she jumped in to save the child. Which of these have done the work of the Lord?
Lesson: Do the right thing dummy! It’s pretty simple; listen to your heart, your soul, and God. Endeavor to do the right thing to the best of your ability. Occasionally, you may get fooled, but it matters that you did the right thing for the right reasons. There may be consequences, you may be frightened. Sometimes it may be hard to tell what’s right, but always listen to your heart and to the voice of God. Asking “What Would Jesus Do?” is a powerful guide in times of doubt.