I am sure we have all heard, at some point, the story about two frogs and a pot of hot water! Before I go any further, it is important to say that I do not know the science behind this, nor have I ever tried this at home. I will use this story to help us understand some important warnings the Bible give us.
The first frog in our story was dropped into a pot of hot boiling water and he jumped straight out. The frog is sensitive to the temperature and somehow knows it is dangerous. It runs for his life! We shall call this frog the jumping frog. The second frog was put into a pot of cold water over the hob. The water started to get hotter and hotter until it boiled and killed the frog. The frog did not jump or tried to escape from his death. Its body got used to the temperature and did not feel the danger. We shall call this frog the dying frog.
You might be wondering what in the world my point is and what the link between the frogs and warnings from the Bible is! Christians are called to live in such a way that brings glory to God. We are called to trust in Him and keep our eyes and thoughts on Him. We are called to be different.
The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Note verse 2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world. We shouldn’t get used to the style and way those that do not trust in God, through Jesus, live their lives. Remember our dying frog in a pot of cold water that got hotter and hotter until it killed it? Well, we could become like that frog: too comfortable and adapt to the temperature of the present world to an extent that we would not see the danger – our hearts could get cold, insensitive to God’s voice and will.
The Bible also tells us in Hebrews 3:13-15
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.’“
The author of the book of Hebrews is telling us that we should help one another so we wouldn’t be hardened by sin’s lies and have hearts stone, just like those that turned away from God in the desert after God had miraculously saved them from the Egyptians. It is possible we can get so taken by the things the world throws at us that we could turn our back on God.
We need to be jumping frogs – we need to recognize the danger and jump out of the pot! We need to hold on to God’s promises and be different, in such a way that our lives would attract those who are dying in the pot! Let us encourage one another to live our lives with our eyes fixed on Jesus.