Lesson from the Fly

From Ben’s Pen:

The other day, Teej found a dead fly in the refrigerator and asked me to remove it. It’s not too surprising that a fly would end up in the fridge. After all, flies are famous for their love of food. They tend to frequent picnics and cookouts, and when one does get inside the house, it can usually be found in the kitchen or dining room. This particular fly must have thought he’d found the jackpot! So much food, just sitting there! Not a swatter or newspaper in sight! No hand to shoo it away! Not even fly paper! A veritable feast! And so it entered the refrigerator. When the door closed behind it, it probably didn’t notice, and wouldn’t have cared if it had. So much wonderful food for the taking, with no one to intervene. But in the end, the fly’s greed led to its demise. It chased after the jackpot, and lost everything.

King Solomon (inspired by God) wrote,

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

Jesus said,

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Chasing that wonderful treasure looked like a great idea to the fly, but it ended in death. It makes me think about the things we treasure. What am I chasing after? What are you? Is it a treasure that will ultimately pass away? Or one that will last for eternity?

In the same speech, Jesus said,

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The road to destruction is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)