Joe’s been working through Stephen Robinson’s book Believing Christ at http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/17/_believing-christ_-revisited-4-the-parable.
I was thinking today about how I would re-write the parable based on my own experience with grace. So far, I think it’s something like God has a bike for me, and tells me there is a bike for me, but I’m not sure it’s what I want or that I’ll really be happy with that one. Or, more often, it’s that I know he has one for me, but I’m not sure if I will get to keep it. It’s like I know he has a bike, but I’m not sure it’s really mine, so I’m not sure I want it if I can’t control it. So, after doing nothing for a while, I decide to start doing chores and collecting coins. Maybe it’s because I want to actually buy the bike and secure it as mine, or maybe I want to show God I’m serious about the bike so he’ll be impressed and give it to me just a little more liberally.