Every day we are on a run as in a circle- car, work, sleep, again the car … on weekends – a raid to the store, rare activities of favorite things and once in a while a meeting with friends.
Why do some activities bring happiness, then vice versa? The difference can be said within our own attitudes, in the internal settings of perception. The entire outside world is just a collection of signals entering the brain. The hearing, sight, smell…
God has made us in His image: and let us have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And God has blessed us, and God said unto us, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
He has formed my inward parts; He knitted us together in our mother’s womb. His works are wonderful, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made and our days that were formed for us, when as yet there was none of them. Do we remember? Have we forgotten? God has equipped every person with certain gifts, gift and abilities to accomplish our purpose, which leads to one specific end, and that is to be a witness for him. But what happened?
In an old story by Homer, Odysseus and the Cyclops (The Odyssey), Odysseus in on his way home after the conquest of Troy. Troy was taken by beguilement with what we now know as the Trojan horse. Now Odysseus is in the presence of a Cyclops, Polyphemus. He is the giant son of Poseidon (god of waters, sea) and Thoosa in Greek mythology. His name means “abounding in songs and legends”. After many adventures, Odysseus and his men came to an island. The island was inhabited by the Cyclops people, a race of giants with only one eye in the middle of their forehead. Homer depicts these Cyclops as lawless, without culture, and eating humans when available.
Consequently, the Cyclops killed a few of the men, which made Odysseus offer the Cyclops some strong wine he had brought with him. Polyphemus, who had never drunk wine before, drank his fill and became very drunk. Thanking Odysseus, Polyphemus asked him his name. Odysseus told him his name was “No man”. After the effect of the wine, Polyphemus fell asleep. Odysseus and his men then took a heated timber a pushed the red-hot point into the eye of Polyphemus. It was the beguilement of Odysseus which got the Cyclops to lose his sight, for a moment of entertainment, he lost his joy and esteem. Doomed to blindness, he also entered history as the foolish cyclops, who was blinded by “No Man”.
Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
Not only are we enticed by the jungle of day to day activities, but also by the charms of new teachings of quite another Jesus— led by different spirits and different messages. We have to remember the warning of Jesus regarding the Wise and Foolish Virgins. The foolish went to the market in order to buy new oil… The market! Yet the bridegroom came while they were buying oil. Who blinded us? Who made us foolish? Let us return to the simplicity in Christ. The joy in Christ. Let him teach us how to use the equipment of gifts and abilities to accomplish our purpose, which leads us to be a witness for him. Let us pursue the knowledge of God, while he makes us see again. Abstain from the passions of the flesh and heart, which wage war against your soul. the time is here when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions! Find time out of the busy circle of life to spend time with God. Be blessed.
Vocals & Lyrics by Blessingtone Malenga
Music by Trevor DeMaere, Bob Dedes, & David Eman
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