Points to Ponder: That Fly Knows Jesus
Points to Ponder
That Fly Knows Jesus
That's what I mumbled to myself (jokingly, of course) as the fly in our bathroom escaped yet another direct hit by my fly swatter. It seems like he's been in that bathroom for over a week, taking off and landing, flying reconnaissance, and generally being a nuisance. He won't leave and he won't die. I have revoked the visitation rights of several of his colleagues who have ventured into our home; but this one is indestructible. I have landed direct hits with the swatter as he sat on the counter, the tub, and the floor. I've whopped him with the bath towel and a wet washcloth. Each time, he gets up and flies away, laughing at me, I'm sure. I thought to myself: "This thing must have eternal life; he just won't die!" I could not kill him.
Though it's annoying to have a fly in the shower with you, it does bring up an interesting point to ponder. At least it did for me. (Some weeks I'm really hurting for material.)
But here's a fly, in my "territory." To him, I am a giant, far more powerful and larger than any fly; yet this one is buzzing in my air space. He won't leave despite the threat of death. He's even confronted that threat head on and has prevailed. What's the lesson here?
Jesus talks about the faith of a mustard seed, that even a proportionately tiny amount of faith can move a mountain (Matthew 17:20). Could a fly know this, arrogantly flying past my face and buzzing my ears? No, of course not. But then, many sincere people of God don't seem to know it either.
Because a believer in Christ has eternal life (John 5:24), you have a position of strength in the presence of overwhelming odds. Flies are just dumb; but if you're a believer, you ought to know better.
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more . . . ." (Romans 6:8-9 NKJV)
He died once, in our place. Though each one of us will one day pass through death (pass away, as they say), death can not pass through us. The great equalizer in this world is death. You can't buy enough health insurance, take enough vitamins, or drink enough prune juice (even if you wanted to) to stop death from coming to claim your body. But in Christ, it can not claim your soul. Jesus said,
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25-26).
So, if we could come at life's challenges with an eternal perspective, there is a boldness that should motivate us to find the higher purpose in the midst of the most daunting of circumstances.
You've heard people say, "I'd like to be a fly on the wall there"; well, in Christ, you can be (like the fly on my bathroom wall, who will not die nor can be killed). If you really did live in your faith, knowing that humankind's most feared enemy can not kill you, how would you assess risk? What is holding you back from living to your full potential right now? Is it fear? Fear of what?
When Jesus talked about building His church, He was declaring His bold vision with the cross just ahead of Him. He was in Caesarea Philippi, a prominent location for idol worship, when He said that He would build His church and the gates of hell will not be able to stop it.
Imagine the freedom of being like that arrogant fly in my bathroom. You can know the truth that makes you free (John 8:32). You can buzz the gates of hell, daring to live for God - and you will neither die nor can you be killed. The most fearful thing in this life for most people has already been defeated in your life, if your life belongs to Jesus Christ. Do you know this?
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)
If this promise is true, then what are you doing to apply it in your own life?
And if, after reading this, you realize you didn't really believe this promise, then what are you going to do about that? (Romans 6:23; 10:9-10)
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship of Clear Spring, MD. These articles are also found at www.HilltopChristianFellowship.com.