(The Story of Jesus)
Where did I put that? Where is it when I need it most? I must have put it in a special place so I would have it when I needed it. In fact, it is so special, I can’t find it!
Have you ever been there, done that? This isn’t an age thing, I have noticed that it happens to everyone, no matter what your age! I have seen young to old ask the same question, where IS that? I just had it, where is it? Frustration follows lostness.
After telling many stories on a particular day, Jesus went home and his disciples ask for more, for they saw that His stories had meaning far beyond the surface.
Here is that explanation in Matthew 13, Msg:
37-39 So he explained. “The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels.
40-43 “The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?
44 “God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.
45-46 “Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.
47-50 “Or, God’s kingdom is like a fishnet cast into the sea, catching all kinds of fish. When it is full, it is hauled onto the beach. The good fish are picked out and put in a tub; those unfit to eat are thrown away. That’s how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish and throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won’t do any good.”
51 Jesus asked, “Are you starting to get a handle on all this?”
They answered, “Yes.”
52 He said, “Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.”
Daily question for us: Are WE starting to get a handle on all this? As co-heirs with Jesus Christ, we need to be well-trained enough to be able to put on our minds, hearts and souls on the knowledge of God’s Word, “old and new” so that when we need it, we have it. This is the story of Jesus! The “it” is really the Person of Jesus Christ!
Wow! When will we be well-trained enough to know it completely? When we all get to heaven. So until then, we pray on, keep training ourselves, continue to walk the talk in ways that please the Master, who is the owner of our souls, and we show others the way to Him. We may not have it all down pat, but we share what we do have and know. God always does the rest.
Dear Heavenly Father, In the end, we understand that there will be a great weeding out of all that was planted by the devil. We are Your subjects of Your Kingdom! We are listening, really listening to what You say. We believe. We love and trust You. Continue to train us to be fit for Your Kingdom for now and forever. The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. Help us, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen