I don’t know about you, but I often ponder the mystery of eternal life with Jesus. I remember when I was young; I had different visuals in my mind’s eye than I do now. Over the years, I have come to understand the deeper meaning of our permanent, eternal home with Christ and Father God.
What used to appear to be a place longed for by the dying and despondent has now been clarified in my mind to represent the place that true Christians long for regardless of age or how great life on earth is going for them or not.
In other words, I mean that this has been our destination ever since the journey began at creation back in the Garden! The end goal has always been to arrive at the end of our earthly sojourn to eternal life in the paradise that heaven is and that was promised by Christ himself.
Let’s take a trip! No, not a journey by automobile or plane! Let’s take a journey in our minds and discover what it is we, as Christians, need to realize: regardless of what takes place around us in this life. Are you ready? Let’s go!
The Portrait of True Discipleship
Here we are! We have safely arrived in the Garden where it all started for mankind (us). There is Adam and Eve over there. Wow! What a time to arrive! Eve just wandered off and Adam is following her. What is she doing? She is talking with someone! No, not someone but some-THING! What is it? Oh my, it’s a snake — a talking snake! Let’s sneak up behind that bush there and see if we can hear what they are talking about:
“You will be as smart as God and He just can’t stand the thought of that!”
“Whaaaat!” giggled the snake, “God told you what?” He then rolled his eyes and let out a belly laugh, “If you believe that, let me sell you a bridge in the far, distant future for a song!” he replied and began to coil slowly down the tree trunk and onto the ground.
“What we got here, missy, is a lack of communication!” he exclaimed with glee as he ran his forked tongue in and out of his mouth with a flicking motion. “Psssssst,” he whispered to Eve. Becoming wary, she slowly approached the Serpent.
“What do you want?” Eve questioned in response to the Serpent’s attempt to gain her attention. “God told me not to talk to strangers,” she informed.
“Hey!” the Serpent replied. “I’m no stranger!” he bleated in false anger, “I have been around here longer than you!”
“Oh, Eve responded,” then she offered, “Ok, then what is it you want?”
“Wellll,” the snake replied, “It’s not really about what I want — it’s all about what God wants! He knows that if you eat of that tree over there you will not surely die but will obtain the knowledge of God and will become a God yourself!” he gleefully shrieked as his eyes darted back and forth, making sure that God was not already walking in the cool of the evening.
“You will be as smart as God and He just can’t stand the thought of that!” he happily informed the confused Eve. “Go ahead, trust me, why would I lie about something as fantastic as that!” he stated with a look of innocence on his evil countenance.
“Well, God told us not to even touch it, that we would surely die!” she responded, “was he just telling me that to keep me from being smart?” Eve said, looking around at the tree that stood there in the middle of the Garden.
“Exactly!” Satan said, coming towards her, herding her towards the tree, “Go ahead, eat — become a god!” Satan glowers, offering the poison of deceit.
Eve reaches out, grasps the fruit in her hand, and… (continued)
Until next time!
QUESTION: IF YOU KNOW HOW THIS SCENE TURNS OUT—THAT’S GOOD—THAT’S VERY, VERY GOOD! IF YOU WERE IN EVE’S PLACE, WOULD YOU HAVE DISOBEYED GOD’S COMMAND?