“Consider three things and you won’t come into the clutches of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you will have to give judgment and reckoning. You have come from a putrid drop. You are going to a place of decay. And you will give judgment and reckoning before the King of Kings”.
Carpe Diem! Live in the moment!
This has become one of the most popular slogans of today and a frequent piece of advice people give each other. It is exciting and enticing in a world filled with stress and anxiety.
There are many situations when this is a great piece of advice. Appropriate times to be completely “in the moment” would be:
But there is a danger to living in the moment. When we are being tempted with potential pitfalls, bad habits and unwanted behavior, we are in fact being trapped by the moment.
This is the intention of the author of the statement above. He advises that In order to avoid the “clutches of sin” we should stop and think about “where you came from, where you are going, and before whom you will have to give judgment and reckoning.”
What are three things one should never think about when trying to enjoy a fancy, gourmet dinner at an upscale restaurant?
Number one: “I wonder what goes on in the kitchen”.
Number two: “I wonder how much the bill is going to come out to?”
And number three: “wow, this is gonna cause some serious heartburn!”
You see, once we start putting things in context of the past, the future and the potential consequences, our perception focuses on the true reality of the matter and we are less drawn to the attraction of the moment.
When we feel that we are constantly stumbling, we need to train ourselves to immediately become aware of the bigger reality. Don’t be swept away by the honey glaze, or the juice dripping down the sides, or the colorful stuff sprinkled on top that make it seem so appetizing. Ask yourself what are the real “ingredients”? Do they take me closer or farther from where I am trying to get to? And what is the price I will have to pay down the line?
The 3 Big Distractions
If we take a deeper look at this we see that these questions are actually relating to the three drives that cause a person to fall: “Lust, Jealousy, and Honor”. Lust is the drive for physical gratification. Jealousy is the drive for great wealth and assets. And honor is the drive to be in complete control of your world and everyone else in it.
To the drive of lust we ask, why are you so infatuated by the body? Do you not see that it comes from the most putrid of substances? Do you think something so empty can bring you real happiness? Can’t you see that you are being swept away by a complete illusion?
To the drive of jealousy we ask, what will all this bring you? Do you think that you will be able to take any of the “bling bling” with you to the grave? Do you realize that time is limited and you can be using it to acquire something so much greater?
And to the drive of honor, we ask, are you really fooled by this false power you have been granted in this world? Do you realize that the moment will come when you will stand before the King of Kings and the “real you” will be so evident and clear that you will pass judgment on yourself for the acts you engaged in that distanced you from the Almighty? Do you realize that this moment will last an eternity?
Live in the “Bigger Picture”
When being tempted, do everything to escape the moment and enter into the true “bigger reality”.
From where did you come? You are a Soul and therefore came from a place so beautiful and exalted!
Where are you going? To the “Next World”, a world of eternal pleasure that you have built for yourself brick by brick.
Before whom must you give judgment and reckoning? Before your Father in heaven who loves you more than you could ever imagine.
Consider these three things and not only will you be dissuaded from the sin, you will be uplifted and filled with joy, as you really realize that you are not only enjoying the moment, you are tasting eternity!