Proverbs 1-17-22

Who doesn’t love a good story? We usually call a true story an “account,” but it’s still a story, just a true one.

63 The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63

Jesus loved telling stories. They are the best way for us to get our minds around concepts. When Jesus described salvation, it was always with a metaphor or analogy. When He spoke to Nicodemus, He said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Jesus was telling Nicodemus to start over with his ideas of the kingdom of God. Nicodemus needed spiritual eyes to see the kingdom about which Jesus was talking.

Here is another one:

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44

We might word His analogy this way: Inside each man and woman, boy and girl is a treasure chest, in which resides a wondrous treasure. If we dare to open the chest, we will find all of God’s treasures awaiting us.

This treasure is the Holy Spirit. He awaits every person to open the chest and allow Him to fill every nook and cranny.  In the words of Trevin Wax, we are “a wretch and a masterpiece bundled into one.” We describe Jesus as on the outside looking in, waiting for us to open the door so He can come in (Revelation 3:20–another analogy), but the kingdom of God is within us,

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, [21] nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

Again, the Gospel (good news of Jesus Christ) is like a seed planted. With a little water, it germinates and grows into a beautiful life (John 12:24). Paul also uses the illustration of the seed:

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

Notice the last two metaphors: God’s field and God’s building. Everyone in Paul’s day knew about fields and buildings. His descriptions helped them understand what he was saying.

The best description to me for salvation is this: We are held in chains, but we unknowingly hold these chains around our own hearts (our hearts are the treasure chest of which we spoke before). If we would let go of the chains that bind our hearts, His Spirit would be free to join us in the dance/journey/adventure of life (metaphors). We were never meant to live life alone; we are only complete when the Spirit is walking with us and we are in full cooperation with Him.

May I remind us that it is not how we tell the story of the Gospel; it’s about Him speaking to those with whom we share. Pray that they would hear His voice when He speaks to them.

Abba, thank You for speaking to me. We have had great conversations along the way. Your presence and participation in my life is what makes life worth living. It truly is like coming to life, or being born again! Teach me to tell stories like You, Lord. I want to share Your story. Amen.

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