The Parable of the Princess and the Four BoyfriendsApr 2nd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Things to Think about
THE PARABLE OF THE PRINCESS AND THE FOUR BOYFRIENDS
She loved the fourth boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.
She also loved the third boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.
She also loved her second boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever the Princess faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.
The first boyfriend of the Princess was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not particularly love the first boyfriend and, although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!
One day the Princess fell ill, and she knew that she was going to die. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, will I be alone”?
Thus, she asked the fourth boyfriend, “I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing, and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?
“No way”! replied the fourth boyfriend, and he walked away without another word. His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
The sad Princess then asked her third boyfriend, “I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company”? “No,” replied the third boyfriend. “Life is too good! When you die I’m going to be with someone else”! Her heart sank and turned cold.
She then asked the second boyfriend, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company”?
“I’m sorry, but I can’t help you out this time,” replied the second boyfriend. “At the very most I can only walk with you to your grave.” His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the Princess was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.” The Princess looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the Princess said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance”!
The rest of the parable is: you, too, have four boyfriends in your life:
Your fourth boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.
Your third boyfriend is your possessions, status, and wealth. When you die it will all go to others.
Your second boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.
And your first boyfriend is your soul which is often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasures of the world. However, your soul is the only thing that goes back to God who gave it. When you get your new body in the resurrection, whether fleshly or spiritual, your soul will be implanted into that body, for it is your memory–it is the “tape recording” of your life on earth. Your soul will continue with you wherever you go throughout Eternity. Strengthen and cherish it now by obedience to God and to His Word, for “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezek. 18:4,20). If this is the Second Death (Rev. 21:8) your soul and your body will perish! (John 3:16; Matt. 10:28.)
Jesus asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man [Jesus] shall come in the glory of his Father [God Almighty] with his angels; and then he [Jesus] shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matt. 16:26,27.)
Paul said in Acts 2:27 (quoting David in Psalm 16:10) when referring to Christ–“Whom God hath raised up [from the dead]” (Acts 2:24)–“Because thou [God Almighty] wilt not leave my [Jesus’] soul in hell [the grave], neither wilt thou [God Almighty] suffer thine Holy One [Jesus] to see corruption.”
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6.)