I recently saw a short video. It was one of those “inspirational” videos that I usually dismiss as too hokey or too trite. As I sometimes do, I watched it anyway. It turned out to have some great ideas in it (there may be another e-votional in there about dismissing things too quickly!). While it wasn’t explicitly Christian, it can definitely help us on our faith journey.
In the video, a man tells of a king who was about to die. The king had four wives and was afraid of going into the afterlife alone. The king loved his fourth wife the most, he always bought her jewelry and elegant clothing. He asked her if she would die with him and accompany him to the afterlife. She said simply, “I can’t do that” and walked away.
The king then called for his third wife, whom he also loved. He always paraded her around and showed her off to neighbors. He asked her to die with him and accompany him to the afterlife. She replied, “I cannot. I love life too much and plan to eventually remarry once you have passed.”
The king’s second wife had always been there in his time of need. He called for her and asked her to die with him and accompany him to the afterlife. She also said that she couldn’t. However, once he was gone, she would arrange his funeral and carry on his memory.
Then a voice called out, “I’ll leave with you and follow you wherever you go, even to the afterlife.” His first wife emerged from the shadows. She was the wife, whom he neglected the most. The king was embarrassed and confessed that he should have taken better care of her and given her more attention while he was living.
The man then goes on to explain the meaning behind the wives. The first wife represents our body. We dress it in nice clothes and decorate them with jewelry, but they are finite and we cannot take them with us. The second wife is our possessions. No matter how proud we are of them, how many of them we may have, once we pass the go to somebody else. The second wife represents our friends and family. As much as they love and cherish us, all they can do as we face the great hereafter is comfort us, remember us, and plan our funeral while we are gone.
The first wife, the one the man neglected represents our spiritual life. For us, it represents our walk with Christ. While Christ is always present with us, too often we neglect him or fail to pay our attention to our walk with him. We prioritize ourselves, our careers, our possessions, and many other things over him. Yet it is Christ who always walks beside us. It is our walk with Christ that will carry us from this life to the next. But we too often fail to nurture and appreciate our walk with Christ.
Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”