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God's Word is constant; it's our interpretation
that changes with understanding.

From the Inside Out

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the
mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Every morning the Grandpa would rise early and sit
at the kitchen table to read his old, worn out Bible.

Now his grandson wanted to be just like him,
so he imitated everything that Grandpa did,
including getting up early and reading the Bible.

One day the grandson said, “Grandpa, I try to read
the Bible, I mean, I like it and all, but I just don’t
understand it. And what I do understand, I forget
as soon as I close it, so what good does it do?”

The Grandfather quietly stopped putting coals in the
stove and said, “Grab the coal basket and go down to
the river and bring it back to me filled with water.”

The boy did as his Grandpa asked, but all
the water had leaked out before he got back.

The Grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to
move a little faster next time,” and sent him
back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time, the boy ran much faster than before,
but still the basket was empty before he got home.

Breathlessly he thought, "It's impossible to carry a
basket full of water," so he went to grab a bucket.

But his Grandfather said, “Now, I don't want a
bucket full of water, I want a basket full of water.
You can do it, you just gotta try harder.”
And with that said, he pointed out the door toward
the river, motioning for his grandson to try again.

The boy knew that what his Grandfather was asking
for was impossible, but he wanted to show him that
even when he ran as fast as he possibly could, the
water would still leak out before he made it back.

So, the boy quickly dunked the basket in the river
and ran back as fast as he could, but by the time he
reached his Grandfather, the basket was empty again.

Huffing and puffing he sputtered,
“See, Grandpa?  It’s useless!”

“So you think it’s useless," the Grandfather
said. “Have you looked inside the basket?”

So the boy looked inside the basket, and for
the first time he realized that it was different.

Instead of a soot-covered, coal dusted,
dirty old basket - it was clean!

“You see, Son,” said the Grandfather, “this is exactly
what happens to us every time we read the Bible.
We may not understand or even remember everything
each time, but every time we read it, it changes us."

God uses His Word to change us, to clean us,
little by little, from the inside out.

And that, my son, is the craftmanship of God
in our lives, as He slowly transforms us
into the image of His Son.