Several times, I have sat and thought long and hard over what to write. I have stories popping into my head and I try as hard as possible to see how I could flesh it up and be able to present it to my audience.
Most times, I just get a mental block and I abandon the idea. A dear friend told me probably I have too much on my mind and it’s not allowing the ideas to flow through. Maybe????
Recently, I had an experience in the office with a dear colleague and friend. I was listening to a song by Crystal Lewis, “I want to be like Jesus” and my Boss who incidentally is my Pastor stepped out of his office into my office.
And I can’t really recollect what brought about the conversation. I think he asked who wanted to be like Jesus and my colleague responded that “Nobody can be like Jesus! And Sam cannot be like Jesus!” I was stupefied and lost for words. My Boss responded and asked why did he think so, and he responded that I just can’t be like Jesus and I was like, seriously??!!
My Boss/Pastor now went ahead to break it down and asked him, what are his limits for someone to be like or not be like Jesus? And he went ahead to list drinking, not going to church, etc the sort of things we classify people with who cannot be like Jesus, our standard of measurement. Of course we were able to prove that he was using a general rule of the thumb to figure who can be like and cannot be like Jesus. But it behoves the question, what is the standard measurement of who can be like Jesus?
The world’s standard of measuring sin is not the same standard that God uses. Do you believe that?
Have you listened to that guy who claims to be doing a clarion call early in the morning, disturbing the neighbourhood or the guy that stands by the street corner shouting his lungs out? DO you hear the criteria they dish out for those who will go into hell fire and who needs to repent? I find it amusing when someone tells me, if you smoke, drink, womanizer, fornicator, swear and all these things God is vexing for you and you will go to “hell fire” and I wonder, what actually does the scripture say and what is the Standard Operating Procedure giving to us by Jesus Christ, the man whose footsteps we claim to follow?
Let’s pause here and let’s go read the scriptures. How does God define sin? 1 John 2:15-17 MSG, “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father, practically everything that goes on in the world-wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important-has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out-but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”
Now you may be thinking, “Don’t love the world’s ways, and don’t love the world’s goods…what exactly is the world’s ways and goods?? Don’t think too far, the answer is within the same passage, “Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father……. It just isolates you from him”. Whatsoever you do, that brings you at variance with God, that makes you less focused on God, that makes you focus on me, myself and I, is simply the world’s ways. And John defined it further when he said, “wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important-has nothing to do with the Father”. KJV calls it the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and pride of life. Am sure several of us will relate with that.
To be Continued.