Ever notice how much fun kids have with an empty box? The walls of the box provide a separation from the real world. Inside the box one can imagine anything. The imaginary world that is created exists within the safe confines of the box. Within this space a child’s imagination can grow. Even cats and dogs have a blast when given a box. Makes you wonder what they imagine? However, though being in a box can be fun and fulfilling it limits one’s ability to interact within a larger context.
That is the issue with being a boxed set. There are strong boundaries but often a very soft core (reason or purpose.) Inside the box it is obvious who is in and who is out (walls, not wells define the group.) These walls are often intended for good and can consist of moral, religious and cultural codes. However, walls define the individual or group not the core values. It is hard at the edges, soft at the center.
On the other hand being outside the walls has both advantages and disadvantages. A centered set is like an open range with the wellspring as its’ focus. It has a very strong ideology but no limits as to where that might lead. Allowing choice builds character and strength. But the idea that it is not fences but rather the well, the source (Jesus) that defines an individual or a group puts a different perspective on what it means to be a disciple.
Being free to choose has it’s challenges. If there are no imposed limits people take advantage often to their own detriment. But walls create barriers, artificial safe zones, and weaken our core. So, what did God intend for His people walls or a well? Why?
“So Paul stood in the middle of the leadership council and said, “Respected leaders of Athens, it is clear to me how extravagant you are in your worship of idols. For as I walked through your city, I was captivated by the many shrines and objects of your worship. I even found an inscription on one altar that read, ‘To the Unknown God.’ I have come to introduce to you this God whom you worship without even knowing anything about him. “The true God is the Creator of all things. He is the owner and Lord of the heavenly realm and the earthly realm, and he doesn’t live in man-made temples. He supplies life and breath and all things to every living being. He doesn’t lack a thing that we mortals could supply for him, for he has all things and everything he needs. From one man, Adam, he made every man and woman and every race of humanity, and he spread us over all the earth. He sets the boundaries of people and nations, determining their appointed times in history. He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him, and find him—for he is the God who is easy to discover! It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, ‘Our lineage comes from him.’” Acts 17:22-28 TPT
Before one can walk as Christ walked, and talk as He talked, he must first begin to think as Christ thought. A.A. Allen