Have you heard the story of the frog in the pot? A frog sits comfortably in a pot of temperate water that unbeknownst to him is in the process of boiling. The frog wakens to his desperate condition only after the water comes to a boil, when it’s too late to escape.
See to it that no one
takes you captive
by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition,
according to the elemental spirits
of the world,
and not according to Christ.
~ Colossians 2:8 ~
My adversary is a great deceiver, doing his best to ensure I live life fueled by my old-nature. I believe my objective as a child of God is to bring something of heaven to earth (loving God and loving people like Jesus loves). That’s not possible unless I’m living from my new-nature. I can remember moments in my life when I “awakened” only to find that I had “slept” through warnings and cautions and pleas, that if heeded, would have undoubtedly kept me (and others) from harm. Hindsight is a great teacher. But only a determined student will truly and aggressively see that those lessons pay forward.
From the beginning of humanity’s occupation of the earth, we can see our tendency to be pre-occupied with the details of the immediate, losing sight of the context surrounding it. God calls us to be present in the moment we find ourselves in, and to engage in it with the grand scheme in mind. That’s the balance I can lose sight of if I’m not careful… consumed by the moment, blind to the eternal.
This thought is an extension of the last post about invitations, and it comes as I hear and process information about the reality of some very big, looming, potentially world-changing phenomenon.
The invitations my enemy offers will always be “now” and “me” focused. They are designed to keep me PRE-occupied. These days and with that in mind, I ask myself questions like this:
Anne, how do you want to be found when family crisis hits and you get that first phone call?
How do you want to be found when Ebola first shows up in your city?
How do you want to be found the first time you are directly exposed to an act of terrorism?
How do you want to be found should Jesus return today?
What do you want to be found doing?
What do you want to be occupied with?
The bottom line is this: When it really matters… when life presents it’s biggest, game-changing moments, will I be occupied, able to take in what has presented, or will I be preoccupied so that the “window” opens and closes before I notice?
I can tell you with certainty, I DO NOT want to be pre-occupied with my egocentric agenda/pursuits/grumblings. Rather I want to be found occupied… occupied with whatever or whomever Jesus has led me to, contributing to the immediacy of the moment in light of the inevitability of what is to come.
Therefore stay awake—
for you do not know
when the master of the house will come,
in the evening,
or at midnight,
or when the rooster crows,
or in the morning—
lest he come suddenly
and find you asleep.
And what I say to you
I say to all: Stay awake.”
~ Mark 13:35-37 ~