The kingdom of God is like an artist who built a beautiful gallery to display his masterwork, a great mural-sized painting covering an entire warehouse-sized wall. Then he left and began to travel the city, teaching and painting and helping people see the world in different ways, more clearly than before. He traveled that city, then the country, then around the world.
Finally he returned to the city, dirty and tired from his travels. He rushed to the gallery and looked for his masterwork, the pinnacle of his creative energies, the clearest expression of his vision. It was still there, right where he painted it, but the board of directors at the gallery had long since covered most of it with curtains. Only a small portion of this huge, evocative work could be seen and appreciated.
The artist said, “This is wrong! What you are displaying is not my work!”
The board said, “Yes, it is! We display what you gave us.”
The artist said, “What you display is what you want to display, not what I gave you to display.”
The board said, “It is ours to display now.”
The artist replied, “As you wish,” and left without another word.
The next day, newspeople found the great artist in the subway, recreating his masterwork.
Day after day, he was found in different places, recreating his masterwork. Eventually the gallery closed, because no one needed to go there to see a tiny sliver of beauty when the whole panoply could be seen in every community of the city.
The kingdom of God is also like a city with many groups of people speaking many different languages. One man decided that it would be good for a group of his people to learn the languages of other groups, so they could share the wisdom they’d received from God. They had not been about this work long when the man received reports that some of his friends had been killed. “They hated us! They thought we were spies coming to destroy them!” While he thought about this, the leaders of his own people summoned him. “Who do you think you are? You cannot change the old wisdom. If anyone wants to be wise, they must learn our language.” He and his followers were killed, but Wisdom is justified by all her children.
Hear if you have ears, for the time is short.
in HIS love,