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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: Lock Picking 101
By Virginia Gorg
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Mr. Carr said, “Today we will discuss Lock Picking 101. We will learn how to pick one particular lock and be amazed at the treasures within. Are there any questions?”
“Mr. Carr, how is picking a lock relevant to Marketing?” asked Molly.
“Good question. Any other questions?”
A few students asked questions, but all received the same response.
Mr. Carr continued, “Now that the questions are finished, let’s get back to Lock Picking 101. Does anyone know how to pick a lock?”
The students were puzzled over Mr. Carr’s refusal to answer their questions, so no one ventured to respond now.
“As I indicated, there is one lock you must learn to pick. The reward is gold, silver, and other hidden treasures. Is anyone interested?”
All hands went up, and Kris decided that this might be a good class after all.
Mr. Carr said, “What would you suggest to use to open such a lock?”
Brian said, “A sledgehammer.”
Kris said, “A large rock.”
Several students offered similar answers. Mr. Carr told them each answer was wrong.
“To pick this lock, you simply need the key of faith.” Mr. Carr let silence permeate the room for a few minutes, then continued: “The key of faith unlocks the Bible, which contains God’s plan for our salvation. In Galatians, Paul reminds us that we were all prisoners of the law and sin, but our faith in Jesus Christ gives us treasures untold.”
A few students nodded in agreement, while others scowled and slumped in their seats. “Bible thumper,” groaned Dylan, the class star. “That Book is outdated and doesn’t have anything to do with today.”
“Dylan, is there anything in life you fear?” asked Mr. Carr.
“Sure, losing the big game and not getting a hot date for Saturday night,” replied Dylan with a huge grin.
“Since you claim that you fear nothing, how would you respond to this?” Mr. Carr read the following verse: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
“I don’t believe any of that Bible stuff. That’s for babies.” Dylan expected students to agree with him, but no one did.
“Jesus tells us that our treasures must be stored up in Heaven, because they rust here on earth. Jesus is our firm foundation, a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. Faith in Him is the key to this treasure of which I am speaking,” Mr. Carr said.
Molly asked, “But Mr. Carr, my church says we only have to be good people and do good things and we’ll go to Heaven. I don’t understand what you are telling us.”
Mr. Carr responded, “Luke tells us that experts in the law, which is what your church claims to be, have actually taken away the knowledge and locked it up. Furthermore, they have not entered into the treasure trove and have hindered others from entering.”
Kris said to Molly, “It’s like I have been telling you. The Bible contains truth, spoken by God, about salvation. The only way is through Jesus Christ, and not by works.”
“Very good, Kris,” said Mr. Carr. “If we earnestly seek God, He will reveal His truth, wisdom, and understanding to us. With faith, we can unlock the riches inside this book. For Lock Picking 101, we don’t need hammers or rocks, we need simply to come to Jesus honestly, knowing we are sinners, and relying upon Him to guide us.”
Brian asked, “I’ve never even read my Bible. Where do I start?”
Mr. Carr said, “Genesis. In the beginning God created. In the New Testament, start with John, which tells us about God, His character, and His desire to share life with us. The Bible unlocks mysteries and allows us a glimpse of God. The key to eternal life is faith, so break the lock off your Bible, open it, study it, and you will receive eternal life.”
The bell rang, indicating the end of class. Mr. Carr said, “For homework, read John Chapter 1. Tomorrow we will discuss how to market ourselves for Christ. Have faith.”
The students left the room. Dylan mumbled as he sauntered out, but resolved to himself to read his Bible at home that night, in the secret of his bedroom.
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