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Topic: See (07/22/10)
TITLE: Seeing a Miner's Gold
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I wonder if any of us have ever heard someone scream, “Ureaka! I found gold. I found gold.”, when they first heard the message of Christ. Yet, God’s word is gold. It is gold we can grow with and treasure for all eternity. Many people after learning the benefits of knowing Christ know they have found gold in the knowledge of Christ. Yet, knowing Christ doesn’t prevent us from enduring bad experiences from life.
Similar to a miner who has to spend endless hours panning through mud, the Christian has to keep the faith when nothing seems to be happening. Even though we get discouraged with our beliefs and it all seems in vain, we are required to go forth and live with the faith that God is there. Many things happen that we have no control over and don’t understand. Yet, if we give in and let our faith wane then we will not be able to reach the treasure in Christ.
To help us reach the riches that Christ promises we can act in faith. Acting in faith by planting seeds of goodness to others helps spread joy, harmony, and peace. By being kind, thoughtful, and cheerful we can help other people in their daily struggles. By helping others we in turn help ourselves begin to live in harmony with others. This is similar to how plants grow. We plant a “seed” and the seed develops into a plant and the plant bears fruit which we can enjoy. This is similar to a miner’s struggle to find gold. First the miner sees the flakes of gold in his pan. He follows the flakes until he sees tiny nuggets, and then he works the creek bed until he finds the large nuggets he needs to become rich.
However, the miner in his joy and merriment thinking of all the things his gold can buy realizes that the gold is nothing but pyrite – fool’s gold. Pyrite is a rock that looks like gold but is worthless. His work is for naught. He has emptied himself striving to find the treasure to reach self reliance only to be fooled. He gives up. He is spent and weary. “What is the use,” He thinks to himself, “If I try again I will only be fooled again.”
Yet, we as Christians have been given the tools to go on – even against impossible odds. We have been given the tools of prayer and faith through perseverance. When it seems we can’t go on we give our burdens to our creator and he lifts them from our backs so we can continue on our journey. However, the poor miner is trapped in his own quagmire of despair unless someone helps him out.
A fellow miner, although discouraged that the creek bed that contains nothing but fool’s gold takes his pans, shovel, and axe and tries another creek bed. This time he does find real gold. He comes back to the old miner and tells him of his find. But the old miner will hear nothing of it – only if he sees it with his own eyes.
The thought seeing is believing is relived through doubting Thomas. Thomas, a disciple of Christ, would not believe the Messiah came back to life unless he could see and touch the holes in his arms and side. Doubting Thomas was able to experience firsthand the miracle of Christ and he believed. The old miner experiencing the gold nuggets in his hands and seeing the gold nuggets with his eyes believed also.
As our experience on earth goes forward, seeing the gold in ourselves, others, and Christ looks like promising prospects.
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