The Russia House – Continued

Continuing from yesterday’s post…

I’ll try not to give away much of the plot.  Barley Blair found what he needed.  He found redemption or at least the possibility of it.  Once he realized it was in his grasp he did whatever it took to secure it.  He sacrificed everything to get it.

Jesus gave us three parables: the pearl of great price, the lost coin, the lost sheep.  A pearl merchant finds the one pearl of great price and he sells all he has to gain it.  A woman discovers one of ten coins is lost.  She stops everything and searches her house till she finds it.  The shepherd discovers one of one hundred sheep is missing.  He leaves the ninety-nine in the fold and searches till he finds the one who is lost.

Who do the merchant, the woman, the shepherd represent?  Are they us?  Or God?  Maybe these can be seen both ways.  Our salvation does not depend on selling all we have.  We don’t have to search high and low for it.  We don’t have to wander in the night calling out for it.  Our salvation is by grace and the only thing expected of us is faith, is believing.  But is that enough, to just be saved enough?  Is there more?  If we are to find the full measure of God’s presence in our lives we will need to go farther, to be willing to pay all, to search, to risk all.

We go about our daily lives and forget that we are surrounded by a fog of confusion.  Our enemy has seen to that.  Jesus said more than once ‘the kingdom of God is like…’  There is so much more than superficial salvation.  If we are to experience the reality of the kingdom of God in the here and now it will take searching, seeking faith.

And there is a God side of this equation.  He seeks as well because He wants to reach through the fog and make Himself known to us.  And He did.  He paid all He had.  He searches high and low to find us.  He searches in the night for us.  Jesus said He came to seek and save that which was lost.

Barley Blair did whatever it took to secure redemption when he saw that it was in his grasp.  Jesus paid all He had to purchase what had been stolen from Him.  We find ourselves faced with a choice.  What will we do to find the full reality of the kingdom of God in our lives?  It’s worth all we have.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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