“Metaphoric Is Not A Denomination (Even If It Sounds Like One)”

I’ve been thinking about this metaphor off and on for some time now. Maybe it fits, maybe it doesn’t. But if there’s any group that could definitely answer the question “What are you seeking?” well, it would have to be zombies. They sort of have a one-track mind. They just want “Brains!”

But discussing zombies could be a lot like walking through a theological minefield, even a metaphorical one! Not everyone likes zombies. (But there are some people that I’ve avoided just like they were zombies, and I shouldn’t have.)

I remember many years ago reading a warning about all kinds of science fiction and horror movies because they are all the devil’s counterfeit of God’s realities. Somehow talking about zombies and other imaginary topics was opening a door for the devil to come in and take over your life. Certain kinds of music have been said to do the same thing. I can’t really say whether or not those beliefs are valid or not, but I don’t want to offend anyone who holds to them or discount anyone’s personal experiences. (For me, I believe that the devil is real, but we need to realize that he has only as much power as God allows him to have. We are not to fear Him. The devil and God are not equals.)

Anyway, I may be exploring this a bit further in a few future comic strips, particularly from the standpoint of being spiritually dead. And if zombie aren’t for you, not even metaphorical ones, I understand.

“And When The Pudding Cups Run Out?”

There are three possible solutions to all of the world’s problems presented in this comic strip. Two of them depend on pudding cups. One does not. I guess that makes it fairly obvious which one I prefer! But what is the cost of that solution?

Any real change for the better will come through and because of a Real Life Messiah who people love more than they love themselves. I guess that’s rather direct, or more direct than usual. But what do you do when the pudding cups run out?

I believe that may be the thought behind messages from the Old Testament prophets like this about the Real Life Messiah:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)

I think about what if I had been one of the twelve disciples. Being in the presence of the Real Life Messiah, would I have loved Him more than I loved myself? I don’t think so. I would have fled for my own life when He was arrested. 

But that is only a hypothetical “What if…?” question that I’ve asked myself. Every day is really centered on one real life question: “Will I show that I love Real Life Jesus more than I love myself?”

It helps me to remember this small portion of scripture, just eight words.

…who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

How can I not do the same for Him? Yet I know it will require His strength in me.

“Everything I Ever Wanted”

In some ways this sketch might be the opposite to the last one in this series titled “Someone Like Me” because the man there had nothing that this man has. Then I began to consider how very fleeting the answer “I’m not seeking anything” can be.

That may be easy to say when you have a newborn with ten fingers and ten toes and all seems wonderful, but what about when there is a cough that won’t go away? Or the baby doesn’t respond to light or sound? Or doesn’t develop as expected?

Then there is a desperate seeking for answers and cures. Illness, disease, and disaster can come so quickly and threaten to take away what we treasure the most. Then we will be seeking again, perhaps more desperately than ever before.

At times, life can feel so fragile and precarious, particularly when seeking Jesus is not part of it. Without Him, there is no steady anchor. All of our earthly desires and fulfillments can be swept away, leaving us battered by the waves. Can we be our own anchor? (I don’t think so. Can an anchor be its own anchor? Still, I know how very difficult it can be to trust anyone else, even Jesus.)

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast… Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)

What is perhaps jarring for me to consider is that perhaps both the man in “Someone Like Me” and the man in “Everything I Ever Wanted” may be spiritual equals in the eyes of God. One shrouded in darkness, the other bathed in light. One having nothing of what he wants, the other having all that he wants. Yet this is only what our physical eyes see. We lack God’s spiritual eyes into the heart.

Prosperity of things, even good and wholesome things like a family, may not be a sign that someone is diligently seeking a relationship with God. In fact, that may be a greater spiritual danger than not having prosperity at all. Perhaps that is all the more reason to hold fast.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23 (KJV)

Without a doubt, seeking Jesus is a good thing, but once having found Him, are we letting Him be our anchor? Are we holding fast?

“Now It’s Time For ‘Watch Out!’ Without A Doubt!!!”

There are the Hypnotic Glasses again! The same glasses that seemed to have rocketed “The Lloyd Servant Show” to overnight success with hundreds and then thousands of people sending in their cash!

“I believe all the right things. All of them.” What’s up with that? If those words don’t send up a red flag of warning, what would?!? Does it make you a little skeptical when you come across someone who appears to know everything about God? (And even more importantly perhaps, when we get to where we might be thinking that ourselves?)

Does Laura have a chance? Will she become subject to His every whim and command? If there ever was a time to say this, it’s now! “Watch our, Laura! Watch out!” Much more to follow for sure!

Great News! This installment of “The Lloyd Servant Show” is also on the Nickel Boy Graphics page at Patreon.com. Even Greater News! You will also find attachments will allow you to catch up with all of Chapter 2 in either a PDF or ePub document! (The ability to share ePub documents is something new with Patreon and not offered with WordPress!) This is really exciting for me because with ePub documents, you can have a genuine real comic book feel with pages that can be turned!

“Desperate Times Call For Desperate Chemistry Set Names”

I think that the main idea of this comic strip is to put aside any kinds of rules that might be stuck in your mind about gifts and giving. You may even want to check way back and deep down. (I know I did!)

It wasn’t until I had a “Words Of Christ In Red” Bible that this next verse really stood out. It’s in the middle of what seems like page after page of black text except for some words that Jesus said to Paul.

…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 (KJV)

The other thing that makes these words stand out for me, besides being surrounded by all of that black text, is that it is not a direct quote in the context of events. The writer of Acts is reminding us of what Jesus said, perhaps because these words are not found in the four gospel accounts.

When it comes to giving and gifts, I think that the reason you’re more blessed when you give than when you receive is because when you are giving, you are acting like Our Heavenly Father. He gives abundantly those things which are good for us and which glorify Him.

What does Our Heavenly Father see when we are more desperately enthusiastic to give than to receive? Hmm…That’s when I think we look a lot like Jesus.

I know this probably sounds simplistic and way too much like a children’s Sunday School lesson, but it’s something that I needed to remind myself of this morning. Maybe I will have more astute and “adult” content tomorrow? Please bear with me! Caleb Joseph is doing his best to convince his mother that a chemistry set would be both good for him (help him to be a Junior Inventor) and glorify God (by doing using it in a Sunday School lesson). I’m afraid I see way too much of myself in Caleb Joseph today!