Monday, September 12, 2016
The Old Man and His Bible
This short story is added here - - My continued story will resume soon.
It was time for the old man to do his daily Bible reading and his attention was drawn the following scriptures.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
The old man stared at those words for a long time. He just couldn't get his mind to believe what he was reading. No matter how many times he read it, he couldn't make it read differently from the first time. Surely someone had made a mistake for this was too good to be true.
There it was, Ask and get, Seek and find, Knock and walk right in.
He took a sheet of paper, sat down and began to write. He listed everything he could think of that fit one of the three categories. He wrote and wrote for he had a hunger for hundreds of things.
Some of it was for himself, and some for others.
He would solve the world’s problems with just a few words. This is too good to be true. Why didn't I know about this before he thought?
Then it struck him, something has to be wrong. He decided to test it and see if it really worked. What shall I try first? To ask? Seek or knock.
Since asking was the easiest he decided on that for the test.
Since he was old he didn't need a wife but he could use a house keeper. Yes, house keeper it is!
He struggled with how to get in an asking position. He felt anything that important should require him to be positionally correct. He finally settled upon a kneeling position and asked for a house keeper and waited. After a few minutes he got up and sat in his recliner thinking it won't hurt to be comfortable while I wait.
Some hours later he awoke with a start. He then realized it was dark and he had slept for hours and still no house keeper. Toward the end of the next week he had all but forgot about getting a house keeper.
The only thing that remained was the words written in the Bible, Ask, Seek, Knock and - - -. He studied the scripture for a long time and concluded that he didn't understand them or there was more to it than what immediately met the eye.
In seeking out other scriptures he came across John 15:5,7 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Well that puts a little different light on the subject he thought. And in verse eight; "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." The words that stood out for the old man was; "In me."
This took him to another subject; What is the meaning "in him?"
His study on this subject took him to many scriptures like "If any man be in Christ he is a new creation" and "For in him we live, and move and have our being."
Once again he was exhausted from all his study and needed to let it rest there but in summation he concluded, one must be in union with Christ much like a vine and the branches. Then everything you do should glorify the Father and that includes what you ask for. What I ask for must have as it's purpose the glorification of the Father and that alone.
If there is also a benefit which I get to enjoy along with it, then so much the better.
He went out and started to till his garden and think on other things for he could only take so much of that which he plans to apply to himself.