The Magic Cup – by Eliezer Gonzalez

Feb 15, 2015 1984

Magic cupIn Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner, he tells a tale about a man, who in spite of being poor, was a happy man. He loved his wife more than anything on this earth. One day the man found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. Since he rarely shed a tear, he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ends with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.

Jesus challenged his disciples with the following question in Matthew 16:26:

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

To try to replace the gift of God – eternal life in Jesus Christ – by earthly riches is foolishness. In the end, those who do that will find that like the man in Hosseimi’s story, they will have lost the one thing that matters most.

But this is not just about money. To each one of us Satan will present our very own personalized magic cup, like the one in the story. It is the key behind every compulsive personality, every bad habit and every harmful addiction. It is the delusion that happiness is at the bottom of a magic cup, and that if we just suffer a bit more for it, it will all be ours.

Don’t believe it. Here is the word of Jesus for you today:

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – John 6:23

– Eliezer Gonzalez

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