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Yard Sale Today, Everything Must Go
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Imagine what it would be like to have just handed a toy catalogue to a child, telling them that the gift or gifts you have for them are in those delightful pages. All that you require of them is that they find the gift(s) in there and they will have to rely on what they know about you personally and secondly, what they know about their own lives.
Now, of course, it’s reasonable to expect a boy to choose the more masculine type of toys, while it’s equally safe to assume that a girl will choose the feminine ones.
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a child take such a publication and announce to the entire household that they expect to receive one of every item in those pages and neither do I recall ever seeing a boy choose a doll and dollhouse or a girl choose an army man and hand grenades. I suppose that could happen, but I’ve just never known it that way. Chances are, neither have you.
Now, take that same child, give them a few years and several of life’s inevitable experiences to “grow them up” and then hand them a bible. Be sure to tell them that there is a gift there for them, maybe two or three and that those gifts are there for their discovery.
But, once again, they must be advised that those gifts can be “found” while reading and it is imperative that they keep in mind what they know about the author of the publication as well as the applicability to their own lives of that particular gift or promise of a gift.
The giving of a toy catalogue to a child for them to choose for themselves is really no different than giving a person a bible and telling them to choose for themselves which promises they can “claim.” I don’t know about you, but if I had a child emphatically state which toy I had to give them, you can be sure that gift is one they would never see, at least coming from me.
Look back at the few paragraphs you’ve just read and see for yourselves that I’ve managed to fill my literary quiver with several arrows. Like an arrow, there are several points here that we could spend hours discussing. But, since I’m the one talking here, let me bring up one arrow, one point, for us to consider during our short time together.
Let’s take a look at Matthew, not the book in the bible, but my son. He’s not a whole lot different than any other 12 year old boy, if I gave him a catalogue or took him to a toy store, he would want a majority of what he finds there.
Now, and this gets a little complicated, it helps to know that if and when I do give my boy such a liberty as to determine which gift is his, there is one thing that I know that he isn’t aware of. His age blinds him to it. But, I have an agenda, a motive, and a good reason for limiting his choice as to which gift is his.
I want a relationship. All he wants are toys. I want him to realize the love I have for him. What he cares about is whether or not the batteries are included. I want him to know the joy that is uniquely mine by spending this time with him & for him; all he sees is the stuff he could get out of the deal if he gives my offer minimal thought.
Bottom line? I want him to know me, I could really care less about a toy that will last a few days or if it happens to be made well, maybe it will last a few months. Long after whatever toy or game he chose disappears after a recent yard sale, I’ll still be right there & my agenda, my motive hasn’t changed.
I still want him to know that I’m with him and that that toy, that thing, was not an attempt on my part to win him over. That gift was nothing more than an expression of a love that is still there and still his for the taking, but, like most kids, he chooses the toy. Completely unaware of my love for him, but, you see, that’s the beauty of it all. I have a secret, yes; I have an agenda that is above the other one I mentioned previously.
Should the Lord grant Matthew and me another 10 years together the day will come when my plan will surface. He’ll have forgotten all the toys, all the video games, all the hours spent assembling his gift so he could play with it. (Dads know what it’s like to stay up half the night putting this “fun thing” together so it will be ready for the birthday party.)
One day, that one day and it’ll be the right time; Matthew will “get it.” He’ll have lived enough life and gone through enough hard times to see that through it all, I have been there. There will come that glorious day when he won’t want anything from me. He’ll just want me. He’ll want what I’ve wanted all along. A relationship.
I can’t help but wonder if our Father has similar thoughts about some of His children that “claim” all the promises of God in the same way a child would naturally choose everything in a toy catalogue. With little or no regard for Him, they flip through the pages with a childish “what’s in it for me?” attitude.
Gifts, like promises, that are chosen based on what they know about themselves and seldom a thought given to what they know about the Giver of that particular gift. I used to think that such an ungrateful child grieved the heart of our Father.
Now, I know better. I’ve lived enough life and had my years of asking for silly things from my Father and long after those “things” have either been worn out or gone the way of the yard sale, He’s still there with me.
You see, and this is the only point of my story, it’s not the pain I’ve caused Him by choosing (or presumptuously “claiming”) the gifts I wanted for all of my selfish, self serving reasons that is the issue here. Not at all, that’s too “low” to even warrant the time spent writing about it.
What’s glorious about all of this is that all along the way, as I’ve chosen His promises instead of Him, He had a secret that He’s kept all to Himself. He knew the day, that one day and it’ll be the right time when I will have lived enough and cried enough that I no longer want anything from Him. I just want Him.
It has taken years, but now, I want what He’s wanted all along.
So, I’m having a theology yard sale. Cleaning out everything that meant nothing, no matter how important it seemed at the time. Any and every gift that has kept me any kind of distance from Him needs to go.
I guess that’s why we read about Jesus “cleansing the temple” and running off every religious notion, fantasy or even a gift that has kept me even a little distant from Him.
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