Hopeful Exultation in Life or Death

Can you name all four sets of parents from the fourth generation before ya? It be your grandparents’ grandparents I’m talking about. Name them all if you can. Now if you like me, well you can’t do it. I honestly don’t know their stories or even names. I been observing my generation and this up-n-rising one leads me to find they promote these desires: wanting a sense of fulfillment and identity, lasting contribution to one’s life, and future generations to remember what grandpapi provided and passed on. If we can’t remember our grandparents’ grandparents what makes us think generations after us will really remember our actions? If they even remember, what you think they say of you: “Idiot or pioneer?”, “Revolutionist or pacifist?” or “Religious or worldly?” Do people now a days even care of the trajectory of their future blood line or have they become so selfish and worried about their day in turn have become arrogant to the habitual cycles of sin and struggles rooted throughout your family generations?

I was watching the movie, Inception, the other day and loved Saito’s words, “Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!” I used to be wrapped up in this idea: “Live life with no regrets.” Easy right? It sounds right and what honorable and worthy grenade to lay one’s life upon, but who we kidding. Er’body got regrets! If it wasn’t redeeming your time the other day binge watching when you could have worked out or read a book then it could have been in the younger days. Why didn’t you end the relationship with [blank] or better yet ask out [blank]? To that job over this one or that major over that one. I mean come on when you got food poisoning I know dang well you regretting eating that meal, Er’body got regrets, so we heading to the grave with regrets. Then, are we fearing not wanting to die alone?

“While he[Jesus] was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers’ And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said ‘Here are my mother and my brothers!’ For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” — Matthew 12:46-48

Have you ever stop to think how crazy Jesus’ teaching was? Like fo real, Judaism culture and then Jesus walks on the scene saying:

  • “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
  • “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt. 11:29)
  • “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 10:32-33)

The mere fact Christ is labeling himself as God’s Son would not stand with the people of the day unless there was sufficient evidence to back Him up Oh wait, but there is. Click right cher’ (1 John 5:6-12) or better yet open up the Bible and begin reading at Gen. 1:1 and when you get to Rev. 22:21 you may see the Truth. This post isn’t written with the intent to convert ya over to my faith; however I would be thrilled and not gonna lie I do hope His Words are seeping through your subconscious. No, this post is for that person who is tired of the noise and wondering how old desires ain’t enough anymore. Life ain’t about “adulting” and changing oneself  to the new improved you as you get older. Hell nahh, you looking in the wrong places for your true self. 

The man who discovers his true self in the death of Jesus, discovers it in sole righteousness of God. — Bonhoeffer

My first post at the beginning of this year called you readers to PRAY MORE. Click right cher’ to revisit that challenge. I checked my goals I made back in January and, guess what, actually about to reach reading 17 books in one year with 4 months to spare. Book numero, Shí èr (12 in Chinese) was Bonhoeffer’s, Cost of Discipleship. Finally! What a solid bro during persecution under the Nazi rule of Hitler challenge the believers, one himself, called them back to the Word and realize who Jesus was and our identity in Him. Now, maybe you thinking, “how can you circle back to the same horse over and over again? He doesn’t solve all your problems.” On the contrary, Yes. He does. See we some desiring, needy fools and that’s been since day one you popped out of your momma’s lady parts and needing her to feed and change ya. If she gave ya up then someone else did it for ya.

Er’body got different backgrounds and parents, so maybe you the person mad at your mom for putting ya up for adoption. Maybe you had the parents that kept ya but while growing up you’ve witnessed your parents fight, divorce, or yourself experience abuse whether emotional or physical from people who supposedly love ya. If that’s you I’m sorry on their behalf. People are sinners and try their best. God didn’t cause you that pain. You first need to address that anger. Where we got our fuel for selfishness or better yet “safe guarding” ourselves is the anger or dare we say self-righteousness as if we were owed those rights.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” — Matthew 13:57

After reading the Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, book numero fifteen, oh my gosh us American believers missing the REALITY of the life we’ve been called. It’s truly insane the amount of persecution happening to other believers in different parts of the world, because the world wants the silence of the Truth. You read about their mindset and acceptance of going to jail or even death…WHY they like that? Persecution is promised in His Word, so how we miss this??? Ironically, in his book you’re exposed to the evil that plagues this world and it can be found inside all our hearts:

“I and Somalia against the world; I and my clan against Somalia; I and my family against my clan; I and my brother against my family; and I against my brother.” —              Somalia Saying. Quoted in Nip Rikens’, The Insanity of God

Aren’t ya tired of traveling alone? It’s never too late to start your adventure.

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