Once upon a time, there was a man who loved a woman…
Characters – Husband, wife and the other man
Husband = Jesus
Wife = The Christian
The other man = Satan, the world and the sinful flesh
Jesus gave up everything for us to purchase us at a cost, his own life. After purchasing us he continues to walk with us and talk with us to woo us to himself. He shows his love for us in how he cares for us and ministers to our needs on a daily basis.
Satan, the world and the sinful flesh come along and offer us all the different “pleasures” that they can. They offer us success, pleasure, excitement, fun, everything we could possibly desire – or so we think.
The Christian after receiving the incredible love of Jesus begin to become bored and become enamoured with the temptations that Satan, the world and the sinful flesh offer us. We have a Saviour who offers us infinite perfect love, yet because we grow bored we begin to pursue the world instead.
In the end, we look like this foolish wife, who turns her back for a time on the one she loves in order to pursue another who will only crush the very life out of her. We pursue the devil, we pursue the world, we pursue our sinful flesh, and as we do that those very things begin to crush the life out of us.
The question that we are faced with in this parable is will we return to our husband, to Jesus Christ, putting off sin, the world and the devil and pursue him with all of our might. There is one who loves us perfectly, who gave up everything, will we continue to pursue the temporary lusts of this world in order to satisfy our flesh when there are perfect love and joy waiting for us? Surely C.S.Lewis was right when he said,
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”