The Coal Basket
An old farmer lived a remote life in the mountains with his young grandson.
Each morning grandpa rose early to sit at the kitchen table and read his Bible. His grandson was keen to copy him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked:
Grandpa - I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the BIBLE do?
The Grandfather quietly turned from stoking coal in the stove and replied:
Take this empty coal basket down to the stream and bring me back a basket of water.
The loving boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he returned to the cottage. The grandfather laughed sending him back to the river and said:
You'll have to move a little faster next time.
This time the boy ran quicker, but again the basket was empty before he reached home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and off he went to fetch a bucket.
This doting grandpa replied:
I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough.
He then stepped through the front door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew the task's impossibility, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he arrived back.
The boy again dipped the basket into the stream and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was yet again empty. Breathlessly the boy reminded:
See Grandpa, it's useless!
Grandpa then advised:
So you think it is useless? Look again into the basket.
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized it was now very different. The basket had been transformed from a dirty old coal receptacle into a clean fresh basket, inside and out - ready for all types of new tasks it could not have done as a coal basket.
Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand it all or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of Jesus's word in our hearts and lives. That is the work of God in our lives-to change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.
In the Scriptures, we can know our true identity as children of God and it shows us a wide view of our future. But it also speaks of the hopeful message of Jesus Christ who came to earth to restore us from the fall of humanity, and give us back the undeserved gift of salvation so we can have eternal life, which is the greatest expression of God’s love for us.
The treasure we find in the Bible is that it teaches us God’s thoughts and desires for us, what He promises in our lives is for us to enjoy our life on earth and in eternity as well.
Let’s not underestimate the value of Scripture, instead, let’s try to make it an important and essential part of our lives, and we will be able to grow in the knowledge of the one who really loves us, our beautiful Lord.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).
The Word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63); and, when quickened by the Holy Spirit, has dynamic power to impart spiritual life to us.
JESUS IS THE LIVING WORD