23 enero 2006

The only thought (a sermonette on surrender)

ever noticed how a conversation can be lagging until a third party jumps in and adds himself to the equation?

not only does he add his knowledge and experience, but he also creates the possibility for greater interest in the resulting interaction. (or something.)

point being: in our natural state without God, we have only ourselves: our own intellect to instruct us, our own will to rule us, our own conscience to guide us, and our own emotions to motivate us. Society and the Devil butt in with their two cents from time to time.

if you have spent much time with yourself (not to mention Satan/ our culture), doubtless you know how scary a proposition this is.

"wherefore remember, that ye being in time past [...] without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" ...

but now...! we have the mind of Christ!!! we have access to so much more! we have A CHOICE... our selves... or HIM. our will or His own.

why is this a big deal?

1) because we don't know the causality of any action. not even the slightest one. we have a pretty good idea based on past trends, but we dont really KNOW what's going to be the result of any action of our own. how many stories does one hear of "chance," of "serendipity"- either for good or for tragedy... "if only he had been 10 minutes later..." "if i hadn't chosen to ride the bus that day..." "if my grandparents had gotten on that boat...." if our fate was in our own hands, ay de nosotros.

But God knows contingency. and remember: God loves us. He has a vested interest in the existance of our heart, mind, soul, self...

2) assuming fate was not such a big deal, and we really were masters of our own destiny, exactly what, praytell, would we do with it? conquer the world? become rich and famous? then what? "help people"? then what? die. that's what. and who would remember us? a plaque in a park somewhere? if we're lucky and no major natural disasters occur... but who reads plaques?!

But a Kingdom which can never be shaken... man... i could live for that. a God who will wipe every tear from our eye... i would weep for that... souls that will have life... i would die for that.

3) because the mind is so limited. because there is so little we individually can experience, so little we can comprehend... and that which we are capable of comprehending, we so often ignore. and that which we know so intimately, how much does it matter? what doth it profit?

But the fullness of God! such depth of understanding... His reality high above my abstractions... that God would be my teacher and open my mind, stuff my mind, channel my mind, and link my mind to His own. i cannot handle the weight of being responsible for it myself. this was lengthy. the hour is late. but God...! don't get me started...


Anonymous Anónimo said...

Oh, to be in your shoes, to have realized what you have
come to realize at such a young age.

Your exuberance and delight resonate with me.

I long for more time to read, think, pray and meditate. Living purposefully is the greatest challenge, but offers the greatest reward. What Christ is willing to do in us and for us is beyond comprehension.

I read your blog and even though I don't always post to say so, you inspire me, you remind me, you encourage me to attend to what matters most.

Mrs. J

sábado, 28 enero, 2006  
Blogger berekkah said...

I appreciate your words... thank you so much.


lunes, 30 enero, 2006  

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