It was a cold day in January during an unusually cold winter when I noticed that a small green lizard had somehow gotten into the house and made himself at home on one of the blind slats in our large bay window.
This window sits on the southern side of the house, so in the winter it gets full sun in the afternoon. My rocker/recliner is positioned in a way that it takes full advantage of the sun; on the weekends I love to sit there and soak in its warmth while I rest or do book work that can be done sitting in the recliner.
Since it was a colder-than-usual winter I think that lizard probably felt great being in a warm place all the time instead of outside in the harsh elements, like I do when I can enjoy the warmth of my nice chair in the afternoons.
We tried to catch him several times, but he would always evade us. Then I didn’t see him for several days and assumed he had gotten back outside when the door was open. A week or more passed and one day I saw him sitting on the window ledge inside the blinds.
Instead of being a healthy green color, now he was a dark grayish/brown color and shriveled.
He might have been in a warm place where he could soak up the sun, but he was definitely not getting enough water and food to sustain him without being outside.
I knew it wouldn’t be long until he died, so my husband was finally able to catch him and put him in the yard near water.
The tiny lizard was dying, but wouldn’t let us help him. I don’t know if he had just gotten comfortable or had no clue how to find his way out, but he sure did seem to enjoy the warm sun in that window.
That experience made me think about how many times Christians do things the same way as the lizard. We get cozy, warm and comfortable with certain things, and don’t realize that Satan could be using those good things to lull us to sleep and keep us from making an impact for God.
We get comfortable doing the same things in the same way each week, and never entertain the thought that God might be trying to get our attention to do something different. Just because something is a good thing does not mean God wants you to continue doing it for the next 20 years in the same way you have always done it before.
You must be open to change in order to be used by God to make a difference for eternity in the life of someone else.
Satan desires to keep us dull, lifeless and only thinking of ourselves and our own problems. As long as he can do that, he has won a huge battle in our lives.
In the book The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis, Screwtape, the more experienced one is mentoring Wormwood on how to keep people from becoming someone who can be used by God.
Below are some quotes from the book:
“The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”
“Whatever their bodies do affects their souls. It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out…”
“A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.”
“Aggravate that most useful human characteristic, the horror and neglect of the obvious. You must bring him to a condition in which he can practice self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office.”
Instead, let’s strive to be the kind of Christian that Screwtape describes to Wormwood here about someone who is truly seeking God with a pure heart.
“I have looked up this girl’s dossier and am horrified at what I find. Not only a Christian but such a Christian – a vile, sneaking, simpering, demure, monosyllabic, mouse-like, watery, insignificant, virginal, bread-and-butter Miss. The little brute. She makes me vomit. She stinks and scalds through the very pages of the dossier. It drives me mad…”
Now that’s the kind of Christian whom God can use to do great things and bring change to the lives of others! Let’s strive together to let God use us to make a real difference in the lives of those around us.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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