Jesus often used ordinary things to teach people deep truths.
Think "Behold the birds of the air . . .
and "Consider the lilies of the field . . .
We all understand things more easily through picture parallels.
In my previous post I spoke of sight, "the bully": here it is sight, "the illuminator"
Hook a visual image to something and the lesson sticks.
Who would have thought there would be a parable in cell phone messaging!
Here is the "Tick and Double Tick Parable"
Or "The D and R Parable" -
It addresses something that has bothered me, and I imagine, every Christ follower over the ages:
we know that God has already given us everything in His Son: at the Cross everything was accomplished for us. And we, by believing, inherit what Christ did.
We know that -
But we dont seem able to live out of that inheritance: not fully.
The church that should reflect the beauty and power of Christ is often not too similar.
We are puzzled and saddened by that.
And have to ask ourselves -
Why aren't we, His people, more like Him?
Its a good question I think . . .
Hence the parable of the phone.
Consider the cell phone
When I send a message by Whatsapp, a tick appears next to the words to tell me the message has been sent.
I can check my phone at any time and see "Ok, there is still just one tick so it hasnt been read"
As soon as the recipient opens it, a double tick appears on my phone, and I know the message has been received
At the risk of labouring the point, here's another one: when I send a BBM (Blackberry message), a "D" appears next to the text. As long as that is there, I know that it hasn't been received yet
The content is known.
And can be acted upon.
A gift can be given, but unless it is taken, unwrapped and the contents appropriated by the recipient, it is as though the gift were never given.
Maybe we are still, in part, single tick people
Maybe what He has sent has not really been received yet, in the way it needs to be
Maybe there is a level of heart at which the double tick shows
When the content is known deeply; where it is 'unwrapped' and can be appropriated fully
When what has been sent, is received in a way that the D changes to an R
And we are are changed.
Maybe . . .