Puzzles are puzzling. You dump the box on the table and see it in a thousand pieces. They are all over your workspace. Where do you start? I begin by turning all of them right side up so I can see their faces. Next chore for me is to find all the edges. From there, I start to build the frame of the puzzle by looking at the picture on the box. That’s my beginning.
But how would you build this puzzle if there was no picture? That’s how life is. We can’t see the big picture. We do not know what belongs where. As for the picture, we start with the boundaries. The same principle applies to our Christian life. The boundaries that we know we start to apply to our personal lives. Our conscience reveals those initial boundaries. And if we are wise, we will watch certain people that we respect and do what they do. If we are smarter, we will start to learn our Bible (New Testament), God’s ultimate instruction book. This is the assembly book to a productive Christian life. As we progress, the picture becomes clearer and clearer. As we begin to see how it’s done, then we want to try it. The “how to’s” are right there. The Holy Spirit opens things for us to see. He will guide His children each step of the way if they are willing to listen. Much to our amazement, we realize the Bible is not just a book of knowledge. It is also an instruction book on how to live for Christ. Who would have thought that God planned all this an eternity ago.