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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 2, Number 6
July 27, 1998
The Meaning of Life
or That Little Black Box
I have a little black box on my desk that I've had
for many years. I entertained kids with it years ago, and many of
them have grown up now and still remember that little black box.
Even now I have one little girl who comes in, sits on my lap, and looks
around for the box. What does it do? It has a slot on top,
and when a penny is placed in that slot, a little motor buzzes, the box
shakes a few times, a lid opens very slowly, and a little green hand reaches
out for that penny, grabs it, and retreats into the box.
That's it! Pure and simple! It's a money
grabbing little box. I haven't made any money with it yet,
because I furnish the pennies to make it work. But when I look at
that little contraption, I see a lot of people whose lives could be summed
up in the same way. They are money grabbing people who have
no other purpose
in life. I often think of a statement from the lips of our Lord.
He said that a
man's life "consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
This is it! Of what does life consist?
Jesus gives a negative. He says that it is NOT his possessions. He
gives us still another hint when he says that He came that "we
might have life, and have it more abundantly." Whatever life
consists of, Jesus said that He came that we might have it.
Now we can look around us and see many things that
we could have had, even if He hadn't come. We would have had houses,
and cars, and boats, and gardens, and a world of things. His coming
had nothing to do with those things, so it seems apparent that the "life"
that He's talking about was something that His coming brought into existence.
Could it be that He came that men might have a relationship with the Father
that they had never experienced before? Jesus said, "this
is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom thou has sent." This is what life is really all
about. It isn't just grabbing the things of this world. It
is knowing God.
-- Gene M. Carrell
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