God chooses and desires we know Him. Knowing Him is knowing truth. Rejecting Him is rejecting truth. The truth of knowing Christ is proof of God’s graciousness and generousity to his Children. We are to live our lives with the same graciousness and generousity of the Father. Only in truth is there hope to please our Father.
“Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.“~Message
Jesus is life. It is impossible to live without life. Choosing Jesus is to choose life. Rejecting Jesus is to choose to exist apart from life.
“I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.“~Message
Much has been said about life being viewed as a journey, not a destination. Life is so much more than the life Ralph Waldo Emerson defines.
I am more inclined to believe life is the essence of our being. God creates you and i with the opportunity to experience life in Jesus Christ. As we wake each day, we take another breath filled with God’s goodness and grace. It is in that breath we have opportunity to begin each day knowingly experiencing Jesus abiding and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We can confidently walk in the day knowing God’s present hand on us and his awareness of the events of the day.
The Birth of Jesus
“The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ – because he will save his people from their sins.”
This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: Watch for this – a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”). Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.“~Message
There is but one truth. It is the truth of God. Nothing can be added to it. Nothing can be taken from it. Truth is the I AM. Truth is Jesus.
The craziness of mankind takes every opportunity to distort and kill truth, yet at the end of the day Truth shines bright. Nothing and no one can extinguish the light of truth. It is the Alpha and Omega. It is the beginning and the end.
Choose truth. Choose life.
“From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme – that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives.” Matthew 4:23 MSG
I wonder what it is about a street corner that attracts others to stand there in all kinds of weather holding a sign sharing their most intimate truths. “Homeless. Please help.” ?
I have imagined myself standing on that corner wondering what combination of circumstances would drive me to the corner. I think most will agree it is not a simple question with simple solutions.
I’ve talked to the guy on the corner. He has told me, life for him has not always been this way. There was a time when he was much like you and I. This begs the question, “What will it take to find you on the corner watching everyone drive by…”
Jesus died for us all and gave special instruction for caring for the poor, homeless, children and widows. How will God use you this Easter authenticating what Christ did so many years, ago?
Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law dominated existence?
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic- show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all- consuming- yet- never- satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small- minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Message)