Picture ten-year-old Melisa on Christmas morning. She rushes downstairs to open her presents. She watches as her sister opens an Easy Bake Oven, a Cabbage Patch Doll, and a sparkly party dress. She sees her brother with an electronic game, a huge set of Legos, and a GI Joe. What does she get? A pair of grey flannel pajamas.
Just as she tearfully declares, “Is THAT all there is?” from behind the kitchen door her father wheels a brand new bicycle just for her! Metallic pink with a banana seat and streamers flowing from the handlebars!
For some Christians this is the way it is. Christ arrives on Christmas morning, is long-suffering during His years in ministry and healing, submits to a disgraceful torture and death, and comes back to life. A well-known story that should be joyful, but many feel let down because they are not experiencing a true relationship with Christ.
Just like Melisa, many Christians do not understand that there is more—much more! Our Father in Heaven is ready and willing to wheel that new bicycle out of the kitchen just as soon as we are ready. But, guess what? If we want to experience our salvation to the fullest, there is a “price” to pay.
To enjoy her new bike Melisa must learn to ride and pedal that bike. She must take instruction from her father and exert strength and energy to get going. Once she learns to ride, she is on her way!
It is the same with Christianity. We all were like Melisa at one time, with our pair of grey flannel pajamas, not realizing a brand new vehicle was on the way. Each of us has had to exert energy and strength to learn about Jesus and to exercise our ability to live in faith with Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through our ability to walk in faith, we are able to understand our place in the world including our relationships with others. Once we really start pedaling, we can get somewhere!
All who read the Holy Bible know that Jesus spoke to His contemporaries through parables. Each and every parable Jesus spoke has relevance in our world today!
One thing most of these parable have in common is that the stories are about people taking ACTION! Not passive or dormant but cooperating with their need for salvation.
Think about it:
1 The Good Samaritan was about caring and healing. (Luke 10:25-37)
2 The woman kneading yeast into flour. (Matthew 13:33)
3 The woman and the lost coin. (Luke 15:8-10)
4 The story about the day laborers. (Matthew 20:1-16)
The Gospels are loaded with stories of people taking action. That bicycle is not going to pedal itself! Have faith.