Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The four wives...

Was reading the newspaper and I saw this story... Something that is happening in the world so frequently yet we are not aware of it.. Or should I say, we are aware of all these things but we chose to ignore it? Either way.... Hopefully this story "awaken" many of you out there...

Our Four Wives
Once upon a time, there was a rich king who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

The king also loved his second wife. She was his confidante and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever he had a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.

The king's first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!

One day, the king fell ill and knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be alone." Thus, he asked the fourth wife,"I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered you with great care. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"NO WAY!" replied the fourth wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart. The sad king then asked the third wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"NO!" replied the third wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the second wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you're always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!"replied the second wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning and the king was devastated. Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go."

The king looked up and there was his first wife. She was skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the king said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"

In truth, we all have four wives in our lives:
Our fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish on it to make it look good, it will leave us when we die.

Our third wife is out possessions, status, & wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.

Our second wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

And our first wife is our soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our soul will follow us whenever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout eternity.

(Taken from The Star, 23th March 2008, from Heart and Soul Session)

An interesting story indeed. Have you then neglecting the first wife as how the king is? Maybe you might think it's not important now as you are still young. Maybe you are thinking of nourishing your first wife when you are old and retired from work. But the question that I want to ask is, how certain are you that you have another day on earth? How certain are you that you won't die this very moment after reading this post? You might think that I'm being an extremist here, but then again, think again. Think a bit further. Are you then able to answer my question so firmly knowing that you will have another day on earth?

If you are concern about your first wife, how certain are you that you are nourishing her with the right things? Are you filling her up with God's words? Don't end up like the king who remorse over his actions at the end of his life. But rather, repent of your sin and allow Jesus Christ to be your personal savior and allow Him and Him alone to change your life. Lastly be assured that the Lord Jesus Christ is waiting for you and readily taking you up to heaven at the end of the day.

4 comments:

Mike said...

urm.. think there is some problem with the conclusion.. you seem to have 2 fourth wives.. @@ but understandable.. ^^

Shan Shang said...

-.-" PIG.... See what APIIT does to student?? =P

Hahaha... Thanks... Corrected it.. ^^

Mike said...

hahaha.. i know how you feel leh.. i've been through that now.. still left 1 assignment.. dunno what to do edi.. wanna die now.. >_>

Shan Shang said...

hahaha.. Gambateh neh... Just give in the last push since you are graduating edy.. ^^