A boy placed a jar of honey uncovered on a table, and he patiently sat to watch. Not long, a housefly came flying by and perched on it. The housefly with the use of its proboscis began to suck and suck. After some few minutes of feeding, it became filled and decided to take off. But each time it took off its mouth from the honey, it could not let go of its sweetness. So, it went on sucking and sucking more of it till it was so full that it could not take off anymore. And that was how the poor housefly died in the sweetness of a jar of honey!
From my illustration above, the boy is ‘the world’; the jar of honey are ‘the vanities of the world’; and we ‘humans’ are the housefly.
There is a mentality in an average human being, called ‘The Scarcity Mentality’. It is a kind of thought pattern that always makes man to ask and ask, and want more and more like Oliver Twist! An average man will stop at nothing to add excessive weights of extravagance to himself—even at the expense of others! Man by default is selfish and greedy; it is only by a conscious change of his orientation that he overcomes this ailment. And that is why the world is what it is today as ever: greater percentage of its inhabitants are driven by the ‘Me, Myself and I mentality!’
The illustration is also applicable to the sinful and lawless nature of man. Oh the truth be told, sin can be so sweet—but very deadly! The Bible says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yes, that is the truth. And that is why the instant we are convicted of our misdeeds and we acknowledge them and are forgiven of them, we ought not to be overtaken by them anymore. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But it’s such a pity that the sinful nature of man so much loves the sweetness of the world, and it always finds it hard to let it go. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
By God’s grace, I want to shed some light on that passage of the Bible—I mean Romans 6:23. Now, when the Bible says ‘death’, I believe it encompasses all forms of ‘bad’ death: of the mind, purpose, spirit, character, conscience, and body. It may not happen all at once, but gradually it will manifest (whether the person in question is aware of it or not). And when the Bible says ‘life’, I believe it likewise encompasses all forms of ‘good’ life. Then I also believe that eternal life does not outright begin in the hereafter; I believe it begins at the very instant that the ‘gift’ is received at rebirth. And that is exactly what brings about the newness in any man when he is in Christ—the more of which he’d receive the more he thirsts. Oh, if only I’m not speaking jargons to somebody’s hearing!
To round it off, I’d implore that as houseflies (humans) hovering around the territories of the boy (the world), we should beware of the jar of honey (the vanities of the world) that are left uncovered on the table of existence. And just like I always say, the choice of what to do and not to do, is always ours.