Jesus amazed his listeners in explaining deep spiritual truths by using common life situation and things around Him to illustrate a point: sheep, goats, coins, candles, salt, cities, sand, grain, wine, water, bread, family relationships, farming, fishing, storms, birth, death and a multitude of other metaphors. Life Lessons from Chess is an attempt to follow His model.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

11. The Ultimate Focus

Key Bible Verses: God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.  (I Timothy 6:15-16)

Chess is a fascinating game that has been around for at least 1,200 years.  Since the Medieval times, the pieces have taken on interesting symbolisms such as:
  • the pawn – the foot soldier;
  • the castle – a place of safety;
  • the knight – a leader and protector;
  • the bishop – a spiritual advisor;
  • the queen – the most active and second in command;
  • and of course the king – everything is centered on him. Loosing the king is losing the game.
For a Christian, the ultimate focus is what is at the top of the king’s crown. That is the cross. It is a symbol of sacrifice, of our salvation, and our promise of eternal life. All of this made possible by God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

My response: Lord, show me what I can do to lift up Christ and His sacrifice, to those I may talk to today.

Thought to Apply: As I consider my faith journey moves, may my ultimate focus be on the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

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