Someone once came up with a creative acronym for BIBLE as being Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I like that.
While sleeping this morning, I came up with what to me is a strange analogy for our walk with Yehovah God. It was like being a stock trader. I knowww, hunh? I’m as out of my comfort zone on that as can be. I’m referring to one who trades stock for others and haven’t a clue what the title for that job is and have never even owned a piece of stock so I may be completely clueless but hopefully not wrong…but if I am, please forgive my error and feel free to comment with your own thoughts on the matter. Now that I have laid my ignorance on such things before you, I can move on.
From what I understand, when you trade stocks for another person, you are usually given a set of parameters for when to buy or sell that stock. For instance, you sell when it’s high (at a certain price sometimes) and buy when it’s low (again, often there is often a number given ahead of time). You can do that for your client all day long or even longer until something out of the ordinary comes up. That’s when you call your client and say, “What would you like for me to do about THIS situation?” You’re dealing with that person’s money, after all, so you need to know what THEY want to do, not just do what YOU would want to do.
If the client says, “There are instructions that cover that in my portfolio” (again, excuse my ignorance of proper term, here), then you would go find that information and use it to make the decision.
If the client says, “I trust you and give you the authority to make that decision based on your own knowledge and expertise”, then you’re able to go ahead and make the decision on their behalf.
On the other hand, they may say, “Here’s what I want you to do…”, so you would go ahead and do it because it is their money and they have the right to do what they want with it. Oh, I know…this analogy is faulty right here because often, “the stock trader” is the one with more knowledge so they would likely give advice to the client, suggesting what they think they should do so we’ll have to be sure it is known that this is a very experienced Client we’re dealing with. In fact, this Client knows even more than “the trader” and the trader is new to the business. The Client has more important things to do on His own and doesn’t have the license or time or fill-in-the-blank to do it Himself here in this realm and therefore needs representation.
If you haven’t already been “catching on” to this analogy so far, I believe you are now able to see the point of this analogy and you will be able to see yourself and so many of us in it. Some of us run off half-cocked, forgetting or not bothering to even check the portfolio a.k.a. BIBLE for the instructions we were given. We forget that this is The Client’s money and not ours, that WE represent HIM and what we do will reflect well or poorly on Him. We wouldn’t want to trigger any sort of “Occupy Wall Street” on Him now, would we?!?
Some people will be too insecure and afraid of making a decision which means they may miss opportunities for the client which would make the client very unhappy and could easily affect others’ lives. Or perhaps some are too busy and forget that they are only “in business” because this Client saved their life and gave them this job, even getting them their “license” in order to service this one Client. Oh, there are so many scenarios!
At some point in time, we all try to tell The Client that we know what’s best for Him. After all, we are all too familiar with the extenuating circumstances and He might have missed some of them. Ha! I knowww…it sounds ludicrous when seen in this light but I know you can see yourself doing that. Ouch! I can see myself, too!
How about when The Client says, “Do this…” or “Do that…” and we say, “But I’m scared!” or “I don’t want to do THAT!” and try to talk Him out of it or worse, just ignore His instructions. The client could miss out on millions and you can imagine His displeasure! (Feel free to fill in your own various definitions of “millions”.)
The parable of the talents from Matthew 25 comes to mind, doesn’t it? The “talents” are HIS, whatever we deem those talents to be. Some say it’s simply about money, some say it’s talents as in abilities but perhaps we are still limiting it too much. Could it be that everything He has invested in us is included, not forgetting the opportunities we’re given? Haven’t our lives even been redeemed by Him? It’s not clear from the scriptures where to draw the line so I guess the question is all about where we choose to draw that line in our own lives.
In Romans 9, we read about The Potter a.k.a. The Client and “the clay” a.k.a. “the stock trader”. We must never forget that it’s all about The Potter…not “the clay”. It’s all about The Client and His will…and not about “the trader”. Let’s balance that with reminding ourselves that The Client LOVES the “trader” and The Potter LOVES the “clay”! Jer. 29:11 tells us that HE has a good plan for us and as we take the time to get to know Him, we will come to trust that He Is the right and only choice for being The One in Control… and we are fortunate just to have been chosen to be called His trader, His clay, His child. Then, as little children, we can REST in His choices and bask in His rewards…both here on earth and in the inestimable days and years to come!
As for me, I have traded my old life for His life…and I am going to do my best to be as moldable as I can be, studying His “portfolio” and spending time with Him to learn His wishes so that I can make the trades a.k.a. decisions He would have me make with as little of my own fear or even “wisdom” thrown into the mix as possible. I will try to keep in mind that He has a plan and it’s a good one and He knows ALL I will ever need to know to “get the job done” so that once I’m finished, I can hear those amazing words, “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into My rest.”
“So be it!” a.k.a. “Amen!”