Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Animal Test

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." Mark 10:14-15
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will indicate how well you think.
The questions are NOT that difficult.
  1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerators, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way
  1. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, "Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close refrigerator"? (Wrong Answer)  Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and then close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
  1. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals in the world attend except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is still in the refrigerator.  You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
OK, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
  1. There is a river you must cross but it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage to do it?
    Correct Answer: You swim across. Remember? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference called by the lion king. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the business professionals they tested got all questions wrong.  But many preschoolers got several correct answers.  Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.
Now, before you cry foul on this series of ridiculous questions and answers, consider the basic truth presented here...Uncomplicated minds can solve many a complicated problem because they don’t clutter their minds with extraneous detail. 

While a child-like faith seems to be simple it is truly one of the most difficult things for an adult to accomplish.  Swirling in the midst of our minds are thousands of questions, perspectives, facts, lies and other ambiguities that must be sorted before we can come to an acceptable conclusion.  Because of this, some are never able to settle the deep issues of life, God, eternity and purpose.

How many people do you know who spend more time trying to understand religion and spiritual things instead of merely receiving the message of their spirit?  The Bible is clear ...without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6  Those two words, without faith, block the entrance to Kingdom of God and steal the riches of the Kingdom from others.

Paul saw this as the plan of God through eternity.  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:21-24  Simple faith is the requirement to receive the blessing of the Kingdom of God.  A child can do it.  Can you?

Scripture to Claim:
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

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