**This is an excerpt from Adult Coloring Bible Study: Faith Sprinkles (lesson three)
1 Corinthians 15:30-33 (NKJV) 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
This letter was written by the apostle Paul to the church of Corinth. Paul had helped establish this early church on one of his earlier mission trips. The church of Corinth struggled because of the lavish and corrupt area with which it indwelled, but Paul did not give up hope. He continued to pray and write to this struggling church. In this letter, Paul was warning the church of Corinth to stay clear of evil people. Paul knew that some of the “so-called” religious people in the church were far from holy. Many members and teachers in this early church were false Christians who continued to follow the lustful cravings of their physical bodies. These false believers did not believe in the validity of the resurrection of Christ, and they did not believe in eternal life through Jesus. They liked to “brag” about their holiness, yet they did not actually seek to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Paul was warning the true believers in Corinth to be aware and stay clear of the evil people which surrounded them. These corrupt individuals seemed to live in the “light” but instead they embraced the darkness! Paul did not want their evil actions and beliefs to taint the genuine church. Focus Words
Deceived - lead astray, cause to wander, to (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue)
Good - useful, good of its kind, serviceable, gentle, pleasant, kind.
Habits - habit, manner, custom, morals.
Connection to Us
As I reflected upon our focus verse today, for some reason I thought about pirates.
Our focus verse is about evil company, and pirates were known for their evil company! Pirates thrived outside of the light. They benefited from the darkness. They maintained their heartless lifestyles by attacking and stealing below decks - which meant they worked best in DARKNESS.
Like pirates, evil people in general thrive in darkness. Like pirates these evil people must also be able to live and move about in the light. They depend on the light to see and plan, but they need the darkness to attack and carry out their plans. Since they need to maintain their ability to see in both light and dark, they wear eyepatches!
Evil people today may not wear physical eyepatches, but I can guarantee you that they work hard to maintain their effectiveness in both light and dark. To do this, they work to maintain one of their spiritual eyes always clouded and covered in darkness! Beware of these people - they are PIRATES!
Have you ever wondered WHY pirates wore eye patches???? Well, it was NOT because they were missing an eyeball (as I once thought). The reason for the patch was to help their EYES adapt to the DARKNESS easier. Pirates needed to be able to live and thrive in the light while maintaining their ability to depend and benefit from the DARK!
Many pirates wore eye patches to help them to see in dark areas —specifically, below deck.
This is important because it can take several minutes for a person’s pupils to adjust. It can sometimes take over 20 minutes for a person’s pupils to totally adjust when going from bright light to darkness. Crafty pirates learned that eye patches could speed up this adjustment process.
Pirates lived both above and below decks on their ships. Their eyes moved from light to dark all throughout their day. The ability to quickly see in different types of light was critical to their lifestyle, so many pirates wore eyepatches. These eye patches served a practical, scientific need; correct pupil dilation.
Although the pirates spent most of their day living above deck (in the light), they made sure that one of their eyes remained in the dark! Wearing these patches enabled one of the pirate’s eyes to see in the darkness continuously. So, whenever the pirates went below decks, they would switch their patch to their other “light-adjusted” eye thus maintaining their ability to see in the darkness. This was especially handy when they snuck on to other traveler’s ships looking to rampage their belongings and steal their booty!
When I learned this trivia about pirates - I immediately connected it to PEOPLE! Our life may not consist of individuals sailing the seas looking for BOOTY, BUT we are STILL surrounded by PIRATES!!! Not LITERALLY, of course - but more FIGURATIVELY... Some people wear an invisible eye patch! They SEEM to live a Christian life, BUT if you watch closely... their ACTIONS scream DARKNESS!!!! These people are VERY tricky!! They have abilities to LURE you BELOW DECK before you can even say, AHOY MATEY!!! These pirates SEEM to care about YOU and appear to share the same VALUES you share - BUT their EYE PATCH tells a DIFFERENT story!!!!
What to LOOK for to IDENTIFY a PIRATE....
1. IF the person DOES not care about THEIR relationship with God - they DEFINITELY DO NOT care about YOURS!......THEY ARE A PIRATE!!!
2. IF you are married seeking advice, BUT the person you are SEEKING it from DOES NOT CARE about their OWN marriage.... THEY ARE A PIRATE!!!
3. IF you are single and you are wanting to find a HEALTHY relationship, BUT you are hanging out with people who DO NOT desire healthy relationships - YOU ARE HANGING OUT WITH PIRATES!!!!
Pirates today may SAY the right words.... they may be EAGER AND WILLING to listen to you, to comfort you, to entertain you....... BUT - WATCH CLOSELY...keep your EYES OPEN - their "PATCH" will BE REVEALED!!!!
PRAY FOR THE PIRATES, BUT BY ALL MEANS....STAY CLEAR of those "eye patch wearing men and women.... or you too may be walking their plank!!!!!