“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”
A Greek named Demosthenes was once addressing a bored and listless audience on the subject of life and death, so he told them a story.
“Once there was a man struggling with a great load. Along came another man with a donkey and said, ‘Rent my donkey, and he’ll carry your load.’ He did. Later, as they tried to find relief from the hot sun, they began to argue over who owned the donkey’s shade.”
At this point, Demosthenes walked off the stage. The audience became agitated, wanting to know how the argument was resolved.
Demosthenes returned and said, “Earlier, I was talking about issues of life and death, and you were bored. But now you’re all worked up about who owns the shade of a donkey!”
Demosthenes’ audience was a simple-minded bunch. They tuned out issues of serious truth but were entranced with the trivial. How about you? Are you focusing on the trivial and mundane or this world? Or are you focused on the essential and pertinent things of God’s Kingdom?
John reminds us in his first letter,
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
Paul reminds us in Colossians,
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2