Monkey Business

See no evil.

Hear no evil.

Speak no evil.

Repeat.

See no evil.

Hear no evil.

Speak no evil.

Repeat.

For many this is the mantra of their message. It is centered on what we, as Christians, can’t do rather than what we must do. It declares to the masses continually what we were called out from rather than what we were called unto.

Is it true? Were we called out from darkness? Yes, absolutely! But that is only half of the story…we were called out of darkness…into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). I don’t know about you, but I would rather focus my faith, hope, and love on the Light…that which I was called unto.

Too often, we get caught in this sort of “monkey business”. The idiom, monkey business, simply means; silly behavior or dishonest behavior. It is a religious, Pharisaic platform to continually bemoan the sins of others, all the while not directing them to the One who was sinless.

Take for example, darkness and light. Imagine a person standing in a darkroom with others. One person takes on the role of describing the darkness and warning of the dangers of the darkness and belittling the people for being in the darkness (although he is as well)…silliness. Imagine that same person also knows that there is a light switch near by…but he doesn’t help turn the light on…the religious rhetoric continues…dishonest. Side note: dishonesty isn’t always about what you say…some times it’s about what you don’t say.

Paul dealt with similar situations. Issues of what people “should” wear, “should” eat, “should” fellowship with, “should” be circumcised or not. In particular, in the book of Colossians he deals with these issues of self-righteousness (I recommend you read the entire book for context…yes 4 chapters). He says; “You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

Do people have evil desires? Absolutely. But focusing on not doing them with strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline helps no one overcome them…no one! It might modify your behavior for a moment…but the only power to transform is Christ! Know Him intimately.

If, I am in a dark room, the solution to the darkness is not to curse it…it is to turn on a light. Light is the antithesis of darkness…light is the conquering force over darkness. If I am caught up in the sinful nature…I don’t need to curse the sin…I need to cling to the Sin-less One…Christ is the antithesis of the sinful nature…He is the heavenly nature in us…and the heavenly nature always overcomes the sinful one!

Meditate today on being closer to Christ. Intimately worship Him…communicate with Him…take Him wherever you go. Watch as you cultivate that relationship…all other desires will begin to fade away. As you become one with Christ the things of this world become unattractive and unwelcome in your life! Leave the “monkey business” and be about the “Fathers’ business”.

Be blessed…leave a comment!

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One response to “Monkey Business”

  1. Charleen Day says :

    Good word, and good direction Ryan! It reminded me of this old song we used to sing often as a reminder to what you have shared:

    “Turn our eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things of earth, will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace”

    ❤ Mom

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