GOD’S VALUE SYSTEM

 

­Man values position, God values people.

Yearly my church on campus, NUPS-G embarks on outreach programs to various communities in Ghana. I was privileged to be part of this year’s outreach to the Bekwai District, Amponya local to be specific. In our 10 day stay in Amponya I met this young man who decided to give his life to Christ and in our subsequent talks I asked him what he would like to be in future. He answered, “I am learning how to drive so I will be a taxi driver.”

Surprised by his answer, retreated to myself and pondered over this question, “God, why would someone like to be a taxi driver among all these great careers?”

A few months later, in a conversation with some friends also, we were discussing how people were born “well” whilst “others not so well.” No one chose their parents, some the kids of great business tycoons, others just the child of that shoemaker or that woman who sells water by the roadside. “Is it the child’s fault or is God not fair?”

These questions became a gateway to an awesome revelation and an opportunity to understand God and his ways and to know him better.

To the question about taxi drivers this is the answer He gave me, “Cecil, do you know taxi drivers have at some point driven all kinds of people? “ “From Pastors, Teachers, Engineers, Doctors, Ministers you name it. Engaging in conversations some they initiate some they have no choice but to just engage the passenger and make him or her feel at home. Conversations ranging from people, the nation and all you could think of. Listening to a whole number of telephone calls between families, friends, bosses, colleagues-sad moments, happy moments, stressed moments.”

“Imagine what such a man filled with my spirit can do in the lives of people? An avenue for influencing people with my love.”

God’s value system is not like ours, He lives the 99 behind for one, He values purpose [the reason behind what you do] than just what you do.

In each and every man and woman, is a specific unique genetic code or DNA that makes us who we are. Now let me use myself as an illustration; I am Cecil because I was born to a young woman Comfort and a gentleman Charles. No two people in this world can give birth to me apart from them because they have the right genetic make-up, right blood type to give birth to me.

Any woman and man can have sex and give birth when all the requirements and conditions are met. Rick Warren in his book the purpose driven life puts it beautifully;

“You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact he expected it.”

The child born in that remote village right now is as dear to God’s heart as the child born in the flashy hospital in Sydney, Australia.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

[Genesis 1:27-28]

In man’s quest for fulfillment apart from God, we have devised structures and a way of life and reduced the uniqueness, beauty, diversity of man to positions and status in society.

 

For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

 And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

[John 3:16, 17:3]

God gave his son to “whoever”, to me to you, to the prince to the pauper, to the religious to the unreligious, to the broken to the whole, to the healthy to the unhealthy, to the rich to the poor, to the white to the black, to his 8 billion children on earth. God values and cherishes people, if we also learn to cherish people above all other things most of the problems in this world will be solved.

I can see your heart

Eight billion different ways

Every precious one

A child you died to save

If you gave your life to love them so will I

[So Will I, Hillsong United]

God loves us uniquely, just the way we are. [See Romans 8:28-37]

 

 

 

Live Loved,

CON.

 

 

 

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Zebras & Their Stripes

My words are limited to fully express what’s in my heart. Read with an open heart and mind as these words convey and form a language in your heart.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from anyone of us.

For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” [Acts 17:24-28]

I was recently in a conversation with a friend and I was asked these questions, “Why did God create us? Why did God create the earth? Why are we on earth?” (Ponder over these questions yourself)

Thinking I knew it all I tried my best to answer but that experience boldly left this impression on me, for now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then shall we see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. [1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV]

Days went by pondering over that question and the subsequent questions that followed. The Holy Spirit then revealed this, “Why do zebras have black and white stripes on their bodies?” “Was it necessary?”

The Lord hath made everything for himself; [Proverbs 16:4a]

Think about it, can we really question the creator? Are we who are bound by time and space in the capacity to question the eternal one who is the beginning and the end, are we? Can we use our own logic to explain the all-knowing one?

To answer why we were created or why the earth or why zebras have black and white stripes and all the other questions is to question the source and the very being and existence of the source. What do I mean? The answers cannot be found using the created (something that was formed out of nothing) but they are found in the creator. For example, looking at the works of the carpenter, we can get some ideas of the purpose of the invention but it will only take the carpenter to reveal the true inspiration behind his invention.

The problem is we try to explain the supernatural with the natural and it doesn’t work like that.

God is the source of everything. God holds the universe together. He is the CREATOR.

Max Lucado in his book No wonder they call him savior puts it beautifully;

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” That’s what it says. “God created the heavens and the earth.” It doesn’t say, “God made the heavens and the earth.” Nor does it say that he “Xeroxed” the heavens and the earth. Or “built” or “developed” or “mass-produced.” No, the word is “created. “And that one word says a lot. Creating is something far different than constructing. The difference is pretty obvious. Constructing something engages only the hands while creating something engages the heart and the soul. Now, imagine God’s creativity. Of all we don’t know about the creation, there is one thing we do know—he did it with a smile. He must’ve had a blast. Painting the stripes on the zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity! Stretching the neck of the giraffe, putting the flutter in the mockingbird’s wings, planting the giggle in the hyena. What a time he had. Like a whistling carpenter in his workshop, he loved every bit of it.”

To then understand “why the creation” is to know the creator. Our question then must be who is this God and how may I know him?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . [And] the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:1, 14).

. Max Lucado again puts it beautifully;

“Nearing the climax of the story, God, motivated by love and directed by divinity, surprised everyone. He became a man. In an untouchable mystery, he disguised himself as a carpenter and lived in a dusty Judean village. Determined to prove his love for his creation, he walked incognito through his own world. His callused hands touched wounds and his compassionate words touched hearts. He became one of us.”

The Creator made his dwelling amongst us. The creator came near so we may not assume but rather know and understand him in person.

The one who knows what lies where space has run its course

Embraced a baby’s mind

And now I can know my God.

Loved embraced our fate, when the playwright took the stage.

[Arrival, Hillsong Worship]

This God is Jesus Christ and his greatest desire is to lead you as a shepherd leads his sheep would you let him?

Be blessed,

CON.

RISE UP SISTER!

As the sky turns from blue to grey

The sands of time tick

We are here but only for a short stay

Don’t let life pass with some words you never say.

Don’t let life pass with the  “I am sorry” you never say.

Don’t let life pass with the “I have forgiven you” you never say

Just don’t………….

Don’t live in anger, with fear and regrets.

Seek forgiveness and lay your pain to rest.

Don’t judge too quickly, as you may be wrong.

Instead, choose to live life as an uplifting song.

When tears fall, wipe them away 

As they will only last but for a day.

Sometimes we hurt because we care.

Sometimes life seems unfair.

We make mistakes we wish we could change

And wonder how our life could be rearranged.

Second chances last only for so long, not forever.

Always reach out to others.

People may change 

People may leave you

Eventually the disappointment and pain will subside.

But just let them go. Your destiny is never bounded to anyone.

Only the true remain forever at our side.

It is all about the journey and what has yet to come.

Life is what you make of it; you are what you’ve become.

Life is too short to hold onto regrets.

Forgiveness is key even though you may never forget.

Cherish the good and remove the bad.

There will always be obstacles, pain, and strife.

You must believe that you are strong enough to fight.

You have to believe in yourself to do what is right. 

Never be afraid to take a stand,

And always be willing to lend a helping hand.

A little bit goes a long way.

All it takes is a smile to brighten someone’s day.

Your chance to live is now, so what are you waiting for?

Endless possibilities are forever at your disposal.

The chance to live another day is life’s golden proposal.

Never let anyone tear you down,

And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.

Will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?

Oh sister rise up and make the light shine all over again.

I don’t know about you but I believe you can. Yes you can

        

       1 John 2:19


  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. [KJV]


AAT – “…..Jesus Christ. To Him, glory be, both now and forever. Amen!” 2 Peter 3: 17-18