There is something about man in the presence of God that we’ve not clearly understood. Logically, we’ve not been able to reason out clearly why God will continually throw Himself out for the sake of man.
And when I say throw out, I mean God constantly reaching out to man from beginning till date against all odds. Him always always showing concern and willingness to help and rescue us at all times despite how stubborn we can be.
All we can say is that this is love but such depth of love we’ve not been able to measure. Such kind of love we’ve not been able to say, “okay, it is to this level that He loves me and that is all”. No, we’ve not. We only see the actions that represents or stretches our understanding of His love from time to time.
So at this point I also join to ask, “What is man that You are mindful of him…” [Psalm 8:4]
This question at this moment is real to me and I can in a way feel what the originator felt before popping this question.
Who are we to God to have Him show us an immeasurable amount of love?
And at the end, a crown has He prepared for those who overcome. With what I’ve seen I’m undeserving of any crown; Christ is. What have we done that requires such level of honour to be given to us???
Beloved, nothing at all.
The crown is a reward for loyalty from God Almighty Himself. Now, that’s an honour which shouldn’t be joked with. The favour is much and missing out on it is not an option worth considering at all. Our journey here on earth is an opportunity to prove and show our loyalty to Him no matter what it takes us.
We don’t deserve a crown so as to request for one ourselves but God has decided to give it to us if we stay till the the end. He has once again decided to crown us with glory and honour for being a good and faithful servant.
We as humans are like compilers always consuming the various kinds of code we come across daily and giving the corresponding output for such codes intentionally or not.
As some persons fondly say, “we are a product of your thoughts”. Now consider those thoughts as various lines of codes which when executed amounts to your output.
From our illustration, If you run the wrong codes you’d get the wrong output and vice versa. Right? But then what if you run the right codes and yet still arrive at the wrong output??? Where do you think the problem is coming from?
The compiler right???
Yes, the compiler can be faulty, and if ‘good’ or ‘bad’ codes are run it still gives the same wrong output. No matter how elegant your skills are, they would still amount to error. That’s awful. You may painstakingly read through those codes in a bid to find an omitted character and still get lost.
It’s the same with us.
We were faulty compilers having an incorrect behaviour and always giving out the wrong outputs no matter how much we tried until Christ Jesus showed us the way; himself. He was crucified, he died, and he rose. And through his death he has giving us access to become worthy compilers; setting us free from our usual errors by giving us His Perfect Life. His death saved us from sin and it’s wages, death giving us access to eternal life.
But then, this isn’t an update but requires a complete disengagement from the old life to receive the New one. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. [John 3:16]
Accept Christ, receive Life.
Unlike compilers, we are living beings and have the ability to make choices. But then making reference to Deuteronomy 30 : 11-19, there is a need to choose wisely:
The Offer of Life or Death 11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
And this is why Christ Jesus came: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Christ) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. [John 10:10] He came that you may have life, and have it to the full so choose wisely.
Sacred Songs and Solo (SS&S) 117 and Hebrews 10:1-12
I came across this hymn yesterday and while I still pondered on the sacrifice Christ has made for me, for us, He made me see Hebrews 10:1-12. Both writings were very similar and then it dawned on me again that Christ Jesus made a very reasonable sacrifice on the cross. Yes, His death on the cross was a reasonable one. He did not just do it for show or because he wanted to die on a wooden material. No !!! His death was symbolic and very necessary for our relationship with God.
Take a look at Hebrews 10:1
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year to year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered ? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”
Now take a look at the first stanza of SS&S 117
Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace
Or wash away the stain
The hymn gives a summarized explanation for the death of Christ on the cross.
V.10 of Hebrews 10 shows us that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. The death of Christ has opened us to much possibilities because His death brought us freedom. Freedom from sin and death.
This singular act of Christ gives us an idea of how much He loves us. God Almighty loves us but we don’t. We claim not to be aware but the truth is that we ignore Him deliberately. Yes, we ignore.
Can we have a rethink ???
Consider a relationship with Christ Jesus today. Accept Christ as your Lord and Personal saviour today.
But One who has Christ is the greatest of them all.
You know why ??? There’s hope of gaining the other two as a student in Christ. Those qualifications on their own cannot show you the Way; they cannot show you Christ but with Christ Jesus He brings them to you by showing you what to do.
Now, you may have had issues and it seems everyone is angry with you over your grades or maybe your life in general. Their assertions on how you’d end up as a ‘careless’ person keeps you in thoughts and you’re becoming weary.
Beloved, don’t give up. You know what, even if as a person you’ve fallen out of that which your future was meant to be. Still know that those who ‘kill’ you with strong words didn’t plan that future. It was and is the Christ whom you have that did.
So know it’s between you and Jesus. The good thing is that with Christ Jesus whom you have there is hope. Plenty hope if I may sound so. So everyone who corrects you should also remind you of this hope so you can be better.
The truth is this; you can be better. I shouldn’t limit your efforts and so I’d say, “you can be the best”.
Hard work is essential !!!
Someone: Despite all the struggles with the numerous files, have you ever seen the need for an extra arm ?
Joshua: No, I’ve not.
See, I’ve thought of this and I think it’s worth sharing. Ever since we came into this complex world, there have been numerous inventions and innovations in diverse fields. Each claiming to be the best option for a particular function. But then, it doesn’t take long for us to see another so called ‘best’. How come ? Is it that the initial inventor wasn’t truthful ? No, at that moment it served a purpose but then came limitations.
These defects are some times discovered by their producers and then we get to receive an update to help us handle such defects. Never has God Almighty said, “Alvan, at the rate you’re going in thoughts I feel you need an extra head. Or maybe to make it look more like a secret, I’d attach a brain stem or few glial cells to that which you have already.” Neither has he walked up to Ekwesi suggesting he gets an additional limb for stability. God’s provisions are sufficient. That which he has given to us for our stay on this earth from the beginning still remains relevant until the day we leave the earth. No need for an heavenly update .
Can I be able to see things the way He sees them ? If I do, then I need to approach problems from the perfect angle he does approach them so I can be able to deliver an output that requires no update or corrections.
Hence there is a new need. A need to come close so as to learn at His feet with total obedience and sincerity.
We all should crave for this because we’d surely find God if we seek Him with sincerity. Seek Him just as you are; no pretence and He’d transform your life.
Remember, be sincere.