I was a student at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, KY when Dr. H. C. Chiles taught by illustration the meaning of ‘sincere’ faith as mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:5
“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” 2 Timothy 1:5 NASB
[Illustration] “sincere” = means without wax. Story told of old time general stores that sold wooden bread pans carved from trees. Some were sold as sincere while others were ‘not sincere.’ Whenever the wood dried out and left cracks in the bowl the carver would fill the cracks with wax. That way the bowl could still be used without splinters and such. Those that dried true, without cracks, were called ‘sincere’ = without wax.
So the question is put. Are there cracks in your faith? Rather than wax, let’s embrace the Holy Spirit to fill in where we lack faith so that our faith might grow strong.
Until next time,
P. S. By the way, it’s hard to beat a good hot biscuit kneaded with the hands of love in a sincere wooden bread pan soaked in butter with a layer of jam. Yum Yum!