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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

The Surgeon and the Salesman

Two men walk into a large Tent Revival, people pressing them on either side.

One is a renowned Surgeon, the other a Car Salesman who is barely making ends meet.

They wade through the crowd and find seats, the Surgeon up front, and the Salesman in the back, hidden in the sea of people.

“For God so loved the world……” the Salesman can hear the Preacher say, “That he gave his one and only son…... To die. For me.”

The Preacher pauses.

“For you,” he pauses again.

We are responsible for Jesus’ death. But God is responsible for his Resurrection.”

At this, many people rush to the front of the tent, and in humble prayer, give their lives to Jesus.

The Surgeon stands, tall above the crowd around him.

He strides to the altar, and says,

“Lord, I thank you that you have given me my wits and surgical abilities. I am glad I am not like some of these no-good people. I am not a thief, cheater, criminal, adulterer, or even a sinner.”

But while the Surgeon boasts before the crowd his prayer, the Salesman bows at his seat, away from the people, and beats his chest in shame, sorrow and desperation.

“O God, my Lord, please forgive me. Be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” He whispers through his tears.

With trembling limbs, he stands, and walks home to his family, wholly justified by God.

The Surgeon left the Revival soon after, and went home to his large mansion, with multiple bedrooms, game room, and complete with a large pool in the backyard.

I have said all this to say, that though he had all these things- his house was empty.

He had no wife, no children- no one.


You see, without God, our lives are hollow and useless.

The Salesman was ashamed of his sins, even to the point where he did not feel worthy to stand in front of the crowd. Instead, he bowed in humility and asked for God’s mercy and forgiveness.

We all need to be humble before God- Humbleness before Holiness.


Note- This story was taken from the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector that Jesus told to the hypocrites of his day- you can find this story in Luke 18.


“Only when we understand the holiness of God will we understand the depth of our sin.”

- Billy Graham, The Journey.

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