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Coffee, with cream and theology? part 3

If you didn’t read my blog on Monday, let me catch you up really fast. As I am today, I normally do most of my work at Plate 21, a coffee-house in South Toledo. Last week I was house-sitting about 15 minutes away so I decided to go to The Flying Joe instead. While there I noticed three pieces of art hanging on the wall and I wanted to share with you all my thoughts about the sayings contained within each one. Monday I talked about living a little each day for Christ which for most of us would be an improvement over our current day-to-day lives. Wednesday I talked about living with the fantasy of Heaven in mind.  Below is the third piece of art.

“Redeem Yourself, You Are Your Biggest Cash Prize.” Let me let that sink in for a bit…..

Ok, so what do you think about this saying? Do you think that if all of your potential was released that it would be as amazing as a big cash prize? Are what you are made of that awesome?

My answer to that last question is a simple yes…..and no. Alright it’s not that simple, but the first part is very simple. We are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) so therefor we are made of some pretty amazing stuff.

The no part is pretty simple too. As Paul says, “So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” (Romans 7:17-19) I can attest that personal, I suck. I can do good things here and there, but overall I suck compared to how I am supposed to be living.

The awesome thing is what Paul says later in Romans 17:24-8:2, ” Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the powerof the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

So really, I guess what I am saying is that we aren’t the biggest cash prize we could receive. Anything that is good within us is only because of God. Jesus is the biggest cash prize we could ever receive and it is my honest hope that you experience just how amazing it is when you win the lottery that is a relationship with Jesus.

Coffee, with cream and theology? part 2

If you didn’t read my blog on Monday, let me catch you up really fast. As I am today, I normally do most of my work at Plate 21, a coffee-house in South Toledo. Last week I was house-sitting about 15 minutes away so I decided to go to The Flying Joe instead. While there I noticed three pieces of art hanging on the wall and I wanted to share with you all my thoughts about the sayings contained within each one. Monday I talked about living a little each day for Christ which for most of us would be an improvement over our current day-to-day lives. Below is the second piece of art.

Today’s saying is “Tomorrow is the fantasy we make it through today for.”  Besides the fact that this phrase is grammatically incorrect since it ends in a preposition, it contains quite a few nuggets of thought. I may have failed my first English class in college, but I at least know that you shouldn’t end a sentence with the word for (dang it, I don’t know how to not end that sentence with for as the last word). Anyway on to the nuggets of information.

My initial thought was this phrase is highly negative, I mean is that all we are doing? Are we just getting through today so we can experience tomorrow which we have high hopes for, but then when it comes it is just another day to make it through? That’s depressing, and yet sometimes I think it is true. I know I have found myself often times thinking about an event and getting really excited about it, but then when I am in the midst of it, I am thinking about it being over. I can be having a good time, and yet I am thinking about it being over.

Then I got a little more deep into the phrase and thought about how, as Christians, we are getting through this life to get to the fantasy of tomorrow that is Heaven. Getting through this time, makes it sound negative, but think about how you act when you are anticipating an awesome event. My brother is engaged right now and his fiance and him are planning the wedding with great fervor. They are “getting through” each day making sure every detail is taken care of so they can enjoy their wedding and the festivities that go along with the wedding. Trust me, they are doing a great job, because I am getting excited about the whole thing. It’s going to be pretty awesome! “Getting through” the day doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy today, it just means that there is something so awesome ahead that each day now will seem like junk when we imagine what is in store for us.

That brings me to the thought that we should act with fervor towards every single day in anticipation of the greatest fantasy ever. Are you? Am I? It’s not a fantasy that is non-existent, but a fantasy that is beyond our wildest imagination. It reminds me of the talk Sammy Adebiyi gave this Monday at the young adult community at North Point church in Toledo, SOMA. Last night Sammy was talking about God’s love. We can think we know God’s love, but as Paul says in Ephesians 3:19 “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Sammy made the comment that we can think we understand God’s love, “but there’s more.” We cannot understand His love, just like we can never fully understand what Heaven will be like. It doesn’t matter. Think about the most awesome thing you can think of and then multiple it by a thousand. That is still not anywhere close to how great Heaven will be. We need to remember this and let it drive us and be our motivation to prepare us and others for that time.

Coffee, with cream and theology? part 1

Last week I was house/dog sitting for my mom and step-dad in Perrysburg, so instead of going to my normal coffee-shop/office (Plate 21) I decided to go to one that was a little closer. I ended up at The Flying Joe in Perrysburg and while I missed the service of Plate 21 it served my purpose of getting me out of the house and giving me a place to do some work. While there, my ADHD (never officially diagnosed, but I have a hard time concentrating on……) kicked in and I started to check out my surroundings. I noticed three pieces of art on the wall and at first glance they did nothing for me. They were nothing too exciting, but they fit very well into the “flying” theme. After checking it out for about the 50th time, I noticed the saying on it and it kind of sparked a little something inside me. Then I looked at the other two pieces of art similar to it and every one of the sayings got my brain working a little. Over this week I am going to do a short blog post about each piece of art and just a few thoughts about how we can apply these sayings into our everyday life to advance the Kingdom of God. Below is the first saying. “How great would life be if we lived a little everyday.” I am going to switch this up a bit. Instead of “How great would life be if we lived a little everyday” I want to change it to “How great would life be if we lived for God a little everyday.” We all know that as servants of the Almighty God, we kind of suck. We do not do nearly do as much as God calls us to do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I am going to be honest with you, sometimes I don’t fulfill that verse completely. I know, shocker! Scandalous, even! If you are honest with yourself you might just find out that you too are not that great at fulfilling those words. We don’t even do it when we consider the reward that Paul states two verses later. “I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.” So maybe if we try every day to live a little for God, with the hopes of eventually living completely for Him, then we too can say that “many may be saved.” Every day make a conscious effort to do something for God and see the results in your life and others too.