There are two kinds of people in this world my friend; those with the rope around the neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting. I run the risks – Tuco (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
A quote I got from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), a 3 hour (approximately) western/cowboy classic film. Humour, action and emotional drama all in one package; they don’t make movies like they used to, I think. The film is about three individuals hunting for gold coins buried in some graveyard during the American Civil war; the good guy, the bad guy and the ugly guy. The above quote is from the ugly guy called Tuco. He’s the funniest of all the characters. This guy will definitely leave you in stitches. He is a wanted man but he makes an
agreement with the good guy whereby the good guy (Clint Eastwood) hands him over to the authorities so that the good guy can get the reward money and rescues him before he gets hanged by shooting the hangman’s rope. The good guy has no name and is quiet but cunning. The bad guy is sleek and crafty and has fearful piercing eyes; ironically, the bad guy is called Angel Eyes. If you’re a fan of movies i.e. you love analyzing films or a film student, it’s definitely a good watch despite being 45 years old (as of this writing).
But my focus in this post is that there are three kinds of people in this world; just like in the movie there are 3 kinds of characters.
Who are they?
I call them the fit, the misfit and the shape shifter. To start off, these three kinds of people are found in an environment that can either influence their actions or not and the environment in this case is the world.
The world is round; a sphere. Everybody knows that. Though the actual shape of the world is not like an exact circle scientifically speaking. It has an ellipse shape. However, in this case the world is actually the systems that run it and it is a hole or doorway that one has to pass through to be in sync with the system.
Then we have the three types of people (I decided to draw them the old school way. I’ve given Photoshop and Illustrator a break; back to the basics i.e. sketch and scan):
This person can simply be described as being round like the guy below. They easily fit into the world.
They can pass through the world doorway without a hustle. Ephesians 1:13 best describes this person:
These type of people are the master of their own lives. They need Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:4: The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (NIV)
This person is a square like the guy below.
Have you ever tried inserting a square block of wood through a round hole of somewhat similar dimensions such that it will fit in perfectly? That’s a misfit. He tries to enter the round doorway (the world) but he can’t. He’s unable to pass through. This person allows Christ to take full control of his/her life. She/he trusts in Christ’s strength and not on her/his own. To the rounded ones, he/she seems odd and weird; a loser. Mr. /Ms. /Mrs. Square live the Spirit-filled life. Galatians 5:22-23
These people are still human and can sin. But they have received the grace of God and go to Him daily for thanksgiving and repentance. As Lecrae puts it in regard to grace:
Jesus didn’t come to give us new rules to follow. We couldn’t follow the old rules anyway. By His grace we’re accepted – Lecrae via Twitter (19th November 2011)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast
The Shape Shifter
This guy is difficult to undertand. Have you seen those shape shifters on the science fiction series called Fringe? (I enjoy watching Sci-Fi). You can’t put a finger on them. So they best way I illustrated such people is the figure below; a smooth wavy edge on its body meaning it has motion like an amoeba hence the ability to change shape. It’s more like plasticine. This modeling clay can become any shape under pressure or moulding or manipulation (I used to love playing with plasticine back in the days; building shapes such as houses or people out of shapeless plasticine).
The shape shifter can become a round or square person in this context as they wish. They can fit in anywhere just to please people or avoid rejection. They are in the middle neither hot nor cold. Actually, they’re Christians but average and self-centered. As Dr. Bill Bright puts it,
“But the average Christian does not understand this concept of spiritual breathing as an exercise of faith, and as a result, lives a life of spiritual highs and lows. He goes from one emotional experience to another, living most of his life as a carnal Christian, controlling his own life – frustrated and fruitless”.
In other words Christ is part of their lives but is not on the throne or is not in control. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. Romans 7:15, 18, 24.
On Sunday they invite God and decide to walk with Him. Come the other six days they say this,
“God, we had a good time on Sunday attending church and having fun during the youth meeting. But now it’s Monday. Please take the back sit for now. I’ll be in control from now till Saturday. You don’t need to be with me when gossiping a colleague with other workmates and I’ll be going to the club on Friday for a night of partying and boozing.”
Therefore, he or she lives a defeated life trying to fit in both worlds which is pointless at the end of the day. Remember, he or she has Christ but is not Spirit filled and they live not to please Him but to serve their own needs and please others.
So which one are you?
Would you like to receive Christ and stop being a Fit? Would you like to receive Christ as your Lord and Saviour and be free (John 10:10; John 14:6)? Go here:
Or would you like to stop being a shape shifter and live a Spirit filled life? Go here: https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/the-spirit-filled-life.html
So which one are you?
NB: All illustrations are my workings with the exception of the good, the bad and the ugly movie poster.
Update (18th October 2018): Fixed some non-working external URL links