An Illustration On Urgency: Starring Satan

Below is a great illustration I ran across on urgency. I thought I’d share it.

The story of told of three apprentice devils being trained by Satan. ‘What are you going to try today?’ asks the leader. The first apprentice replies, ‘I’m going to tell them there is no God.’ ‘Well,’ says Satan, ‘you can try. A few fools will believe you. But the universe shouts the existence of God. There is evidence all around and you’ll not do very well. Indeed, even in the secular twenty-first century you may find your self witnessing the slow death of atheism. Any other ideas?’ The second apprentice tries this: ‘I’m going to tell them there’s no judgment.’ ‘That’s a better idea,’ says Satan. ‘You will persuade more people of that, especially some of the clergy. But human beings have a gut sense of accountability, that actions have consequences. They know what it is to feel guilty even when there therapists tell them not to. So I think you’ll find it an uphill struggle. Anyone else have an idea?’ The third apprentice pipes up, ‘I’m going to tell them there’s no hurry.’ ‘Brilliant,’ says Satan. ‘That is just what you want to say. You will have great success. Let them listen to the word of God and whisper in their ears, “This is good stuff. One day you ought to do something about this. But tomorrow will do.” – Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching (A Mentor Commentary) (Norhaven: Christian Focus, 2009), 65.

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1 Terry Rayburn October 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

Good one.

Although the story is primarily geared toward the deceiving of the lost, this applies to SO many things!

The older I get, and the more I realize how fast the last 20 years went, and the 20 before that, etc., the more I realize that “redeeming the time” is a huge part of wisdom.

Not that we have to be in a hurry all the time. But it’s wise to prioritize — sorta rhymes 🙂

Howard Hendricks many years ago said something like, “Jesus was never in a hurry, but He always did the will of the Father. I find I’m always in a hurry, but not always sure I’m doing the will of the Father.”


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