The Forbidden Fruit — Part 11
In part 1, we told the christian story about the fall of man as a result of discontentment. The story of the forbidden fruit ate by man was as a result of discontentment else we would have just heard that, the fruit was in the middle of the garden, case closed. You as my reader may be a Christian or not, but I want you to see beyond being a Christian or not and assimilate the story as fictional and pick up the point I am trying to drive home so as to reach the zenith of your potentials and maintain healthy relationships around you, not one that is being faked and when the storm comes, it all falls apart.
One of my readers asked me what is the forbidden fruit, you know my answer, I said it could be anything! Yes. where you expecting me to say is apple? pig? sex? or any other thing? No! It’s not specific, but it’s an embodiment of vices that does not promote peaceful co-existence and stability. In part 1, I stated that what drives people to consuming the forbidden fruit is discontentment.
I can remember vividly when I was coming back from work one day, the tricycle driver I boarded his vehicle asked me to leave my balance with him when I paid him. I asked him to give me my balance, and he said, “Madam can’t you leave this money for me, see how you are shining, and I am not, leave it for me, let me shine small like you!” Yes, charity is a good virtue, I should give right? My dear readers, I never left my balance with him. You know why? He is a discontented fellow. He needed me to leave that balance for him not because the money we all paid him wasn’t enough for him to fuel his tricycle for another trip, but because he thought I was shining and better than him and I should go around leaving my balance for tricycle drivers. If this same man tomorrow sees me mistakenly forget my jewelry box in his vehicle, trust me it’s gone for good, he will never ever return it to me, he would think that he has every right to keep my jewelry box and seize the opportunity to shine like me, without considering the fact that it is theft.
In part 1, I made mention that being a growth minded person is different from being a discontented person, and I also emphasized that only a thin line separated the both, and I emphasized how to know when you are crossing the border. Virtue change is the border line between growth minded and discontentment. Take for instance, the tricycle man, if he had seen me shining and he asked me, “Madam! it looks like you are just returning from work?” And I say, “yes o! Today has been very hectic!”. And he now said, “Ma you are looking blessed, Ma I don’t know you, and I know you aren’t indebted to me, but please I have this challenge, my daughter is yet to pay her fees and by next week, they may drive her home because of it, can you help me with anything so that I can add to anything I gather this weekend?” Now, this scenario is different, no matter how terrible I am scared of humans predating others, I would listen and give a second thought to helping this man, why? Let’s answer that.
First, proper mindset! Check the statement, “I know you aren’t indebted to me.” Yes, you acknowledged he has no right to ask from me, what I own is mine and it’s out of goodness that I should ever share with him and that he is not compelling me but pleading for assistance, whereas the other was like since you are shining, you owe it to leave your balance with me so that I can also shine like you. I won’t be surprised if he tells me tomorrow, “I have to cut off your head for ritual so that I can shine small like you, you have shined enough”. A growth minded person always have a good mindset, useless unnecessary comparison is not found in their mind, they know their limit, what they can afford and at what point they can.
Second, far reaching purpose or goal! The second man’s purpose of asking was for a definite far reaching goal, his daughter’s fees. He is not asking because he is covetous of my nice looking shoes, gown, jewelry, hair, car, house, job, or whatever; he is asking because he is in need of a basic necessity. The other man was not interested to get assistance from me to grow a business, solve a family need, repair his tricycle because he doesn’t have enough money, but because he is filled with either discontentment or covetousness and wants me to leave my balance with him, and believe me in the typical African setting, this kind are those that take your money and go to some funny places, to do some funny things to your source of finance.
Let’s read our bible small, because of my christian readers, and I am a christian too.
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
This bible verse, ends up classifying the first man as a discontented fellow, and not necessarily the second man because, it is a law for us to lend to our brothers when they are in need.
1 Timothy 6:6–7 NIV
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
The first man if he was conscious of this, would never want my balance because I was shining, because he probably doesn’t know if my shining was from a right or wrong source.
Luke 12:15 NIV
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
The tricyclist believes I was shining because of the fine things I was putting on, he never considered that dead people even wear fine stuffs, his kind easily fall prey to ritualists.
To wrap it all, I will recommend you read this blog http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/founders-ministries-blog/6-reasons-discontentment-is-disobedience-to-god.html
Let us pray:
Almighty God, same God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, we trust in your gift of provision, we trust that we are wonderfully and graciously made, we trust that in whatever situation we find ourselves that you are God and will still be God, we trust that your thoughts for us are the thoughts of good and not of evil, and so we pray that we find grace before you to be pardoned of our sins of discontentment be it idolatry, adultery, fornication, theft, covetousness, bearing a false witness but that you remember the blood of your son Jesus Christ and have pity on us and extend your everlasting mercy and kindness to us, and that you rebuke all foul minded fellows around us and help us to always discern the right people to extend help to and help us to find contentment in all things that you gave to us for our existence and in general that you grant us the gift of eternal life and have us join the host of heaven, when we leave earth, in continuous worship at your presence forever and for eternity, Amen!