Jane's Joy [Brochure]

Jane's Joy
Gospel Brochure, Large Print, 14-Point Type
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An old story for young people. This version is based on an account dated 1876, but it shows that teenagers, at heart, are much the same now as then. Read and see.


While traveling around the English countryside, holding gospel meetings, a preacher stopped at a village inn for dinner, where a girl, about fifteen years of age, waited on him. Whenever he met strangers, this preacher liked to point out to them the way to heaven, or to tell them something from God’s Word that would help them. So, before leaving the inn, he asked this young girl, “What is your name?”

“Jane, sir” she answered.

“Jane, do you ever pray?”

“No sir, I don’t have time for that sort of thing. I hardly have time to eat.”

“Now, Jane, I want to make a bargain with you. I expect to be back here in about two months. I will teach you a little prayer that has only three words, which I want you to say every morning. It won’t take much time, because you can say it while you are getting dressed, if you want. And when I come back, if you tell me that you have said it every day, I will you a half-crown.” A half-crown was a big tip in those days.

“I’ll do it,” said Jane.

“Be sure to keep your promise,” reminded the preacher.

“You can depend on that; I always keep my promises,” said Jane. “Now tell me what the prayer is.”

“This is the prayer,” said the preacher. “Lord, save me.”

He and Jane shook hands on the agreement and said good-bye.

Two months later the preacher returned to the village. He went back to the same inn for dinner, but Jane did not appear to be there. Another girl waited on him in her place. After dinner he spoke to the innkeeper and asked where Jane was.

“Oh, she started going to church and quit her job here, and now she’s staying at the pastor’s place down the road,” explained the innkeeper.

The preacher found the pastor’s home, and knocked on the door. Who should open it but Jane herself? As soon as she saw the preacher, a big smile lit up her face as she exclaimed, “I’m so glad to see you again! I want to thank you for teaching me that prayer, but I don’t want your half-crown, because I’ve got enough already.”

“Well, well, tell me what you’ve got. Come, tell me all about it,” said the preacher, said with expectation in his voice.

“You see, sir, after you went away, I said that prayer every morning. At first, I said it carelessly, while I was getting dressed, without thinking anything about it. But one morning after I had said it, two questions came into my mind: What did that gentleman want me to say this prayer for? What does ‘save’ mean?

“I thought the Bible would tell me something about this, so I borrowed one and read a little every morning. Pretty soon I came to one verse which said, ‘The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ (Luke 19:10), and another one said, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ (1Timothy 1:15). Then I saw that I was a lost sinner. This frightened me. I began to pray in earnest. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins, to make me a Christian, and to teach me to love and serve Him. He heard my prayer. He has done all this for me. And now I’m just as happy as the day is long! And so I thank you for teaching me that prayer, but I won’t take your half-crown.”

That was a joyful experience for Jane—one to cause her to continually joyfully thank the Lord Jesus through time and eternity.

And now I want to ask you: Have you come to know this loving Saviour whose love is as great as His power? Have you ever prayed the prayer of the man in Luke 18:13: “God be merciful to me a sinner”? Perhaps you are willing to admit that you are a sinner, but have you felt your need of the Savior?

You need to take only two steps: “Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21 Repentance is accepting God’s view of my sins and of myself; and faith looks to Christ and sees in Him the One who has paid the penalty for our sins in His death on the cross. Apart from Christ, there is no hope of salvation: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12

Every sinner is dependent on the grace of God. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

Will you take the same two steps that Jane took? Her joy will last for eternity; and that same joy can be yours as well.

To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins. … And by Him, all that believe are justified from all things. … Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 10:43, 13:39, 16:11

“Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:30

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13