Today’s culture has influenced many people into living a “cocooned life.” In other words, we act according to the situation at hand in a way socially acceptable in all areas of life. The message that it’s ok to be a Christian as long as you keep it at church is being heard more and more. The first time I noticed this cocooing was many years ago while working at a warehouse. The owner of a chain of electonic appliance stores was talking, defending himself because someone asked him about the priorities in his life. I don’t remember the question that triggered the response, but I will remember the answer for the rest of my life. He made these comments: “I’ll have you know that when I’m at work I give 110%, when I’m at home I give a 110%, and when I’m at church I give 110%.” At that point a silence fell across the warehouse and I said to him, “That’s funny. I thought we were supposed to be Christians all the time.” In his anger he picked up a ball peen hammer and threw it towards me. I somehow caught it with my non-dominate hand and gently set it down on a box next to me. The other workers watching were in shock and disbelief because of what happened. He quickly turned and walked away from the area.
Through the SFT program we have been taught that the lies we systematically learned from others, we have also learned to tell ourselves. The prison it creates is a cocoon. We must choose whether to break free from it or stay entombed in darkness. This is why God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). Jesus said we must worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24), but how can we if we are still in darkness? In John 8:31-32, Jesus told those who believed Him that the truth would make them free. By taking every thought captive and conforming it to the mind of Christ, we can learn the truth and be free.