Change Pebbles to Jewels

An ancient fable tells of three merchants crossing the Arabian Desert. Traveling in darkness to avoid the intense heat one starless night, they were passing over a dry creek bed when a voice form the blackness commanded them to halt. They were then ordered to stoop, pick up pebbles form the creek bed, and put them in their pockets. After obeying the strange command, they were told to leave that place, camping nowhere near. 

The mysterious voice then told them that in the morning they would be both happy and sad. Shaken and confused, and obeying the mysterious intruder, they traveled through the night. When morning came, the men anxiously looked into their pockets, and rather than finding the pebbles as expected, there were precious jewels. 

They, indeed, were happy and sad. They were happy they had picked up the jewels, but sad because while they had the opportunity they had not picked up many more. This legend beautifully expresses how many feel about the unsearchable riches of God's Word. We are thrilled we have absorbed as much as we have, but sad because we have not absorbed much more. Specifically, I feel this way about two dynamic verses in Galatians, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control: against such there is no law” (Gal, 5:22-23). 

There are ways to avoid the regrets that more of the precious truth of the Bible were not gathered. Consider:

1. Private study on a regular basis -- a time of day when nothing else 
          pushes reading the Bible aside.

2. Private study with others on a regular basis. Set the time with others 
          to be as regular as mealtime.

3. Attending Bible classes regularly and on time. 

4. Listen to speeches during the assembly and take notes.

Think of your study as gathering rough pebbles that will turn into precious things that will enrich your soul as you mature and grow in Christ. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and for ever” (2 Pet. 3:18).

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