GRAVITY 03

Hello,

Here’s the third part of “Gravity.” To some, it’s new information. To others, it’s a reminder. Whichever way this posts strikes you, respond.

If you haven’t followed Gravity, checkout the previous articles.

We were talking about Jesus, the Son.

Here’s a story that explains what He did:

A judge was about to pass a death sentence on Bob, a man convicted of murder when a young man walks into the court and straight to the front of the judge and says, “I’ll take his place, let him go.”

The judge looks intently at the man then says, “Okay, this is my verdict: let the criminal go and let this man have his wish.”

Before he could ask why, he heard the judge’s son say ‘because I love Him’. And then walked to the dock, arms extended as if to surrender.

The cuffs were snapped off the offender’s  hands and he was let go – discharged and acquainted, as the barristers would say. Replaced by the judge’s innocent son.

Weird story, isn’t it?

It sure sounds stupid. Until you’re in the dock.

To everyone else in court, this is a ridiculous decision – they know very well that the young man in question is the judge’s only son. But to the convicted, it’s the best thing that could possibly happen.

The verdict doesn’t make sense until you’re the one about to be grilled for an offence then some judge’s son from the blues waltz into the courtroom and says he’s going to take your place. It isn’t fair except to the one standing behind the dock.

But do you know: every man that has not met Christ is in the offender’s dock.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Rom 3:23
For the wages of sin is death – Rom 6:23

We sure do a lot of bad things E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. Things your right hand would not want your left hand to know of. The sin-vault has burst beyond its seams. Since the fall of Adam.

Everyone has sinned against God and deserves death. But God [the judge] has stretched his hand to you by allowing his only begotten [the Son] to die on the cross of Calvary for your sins.

Don’t gape at how ridiculous this decision is. Take the offer and experience eternal life before it is too late.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Rom 5:8

Until you experience the salvation made available to you by Christ’s blood, you can’t imagine how beautiful it is.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  – John 3:16

You are not far from the kingdom of God. What are you waiting for? Will you get the escape velocity?
Will you be born anew spiritually?

If yes, say this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. The sacrifice of your life for mine is more than I can ever know. I have been living in sin all this while. Lord, I know this has to change. Please, forgive all my sins. Come and be Lord and Saviour of my life. Come and be the centre of my life. Please lead me to grow in knowing You. Thank You Jesus.

Your belief in Jesus ushers you into a whole new life. A beautiful one.

We’ll talk more tomorrow,
Toluwanimi

Allen

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I’ll call him Allen.

I grew fascinated at the semblance in the way he handled the almond and held it to his mouth. I had to capture Him with my camera-  I didn’t want to miss his facial expression…

Yet, he can’t be like US. Because He isn’t one of us… he’s an ape, not human. He can’t be intelligent as to be held responsible for his actions or to ride a car and run at family sanely.

Thanks to “the dawn of the planet of apes,” I almost thought he had the deep cephalic characteristics of man.

But I tapped myself back to reality. Nah. He doesn’t. It’s not in his gene.

An ape will always be an ape.

It reminds me of people who look so much like we, who believe that Jesus is the only way to God, do. They may dress like us. Carry themselves like us and act like us… but if the gene of the Son is not in them, it can’t work.

But truth is, they can all come… they just need to believe.

Come, Let me take you to my elder brother.

Cheers
Toluwanimi

Everyman’s Conflict

conflictI used to know a man

Whose name was everyman

Everyman meant much to me

Simply because of all he could be

Everyman is born to be great

Everyman has a noble purpose

Everyman has a capacity to create

Perhaps that is what I sillily suppose?

Everyman likes what is good

Everyman lives in Neighbourhood

Yes, Everyman looks just like you

Or am I the one confusing you two?

It’s been long we parted ways

But I can still vividly picture his face

Conflict Stricken, afflicted always

Ever trying, never finding his place

Everyman is neither great nor good

Everyman is the most misunderstood

Though for everyman holds great hope

With his conflict I could no longer cope

That demon also known as Anyman [Mark 5:9]

Tormented me with his multi-attitude

Not until I knew a Saviour in Newman [2Cor 5:17]

Then did I understand this deadly dude

 

Now answer this riddle and stand a chance to win a great gift!

1.Who is Everyman?

2.What is Everyman’s conflict?

3.Who is Newman?

Send your answer via text or whatsapp to 07055911914 or email t.boyworldonline@yahoo.ca before November 30. You stand a chance to win a great book.

Author’s Notes: Every man desires to fulfill the purpose for which he/she was created. Unfortunately, not every man fulfills PURPOSE. Definitely, a man that would fulfill purpose must not be like every man-that’s exactly what this allegory* pictures. Everyman’s conflict talks about the challenge facing every man-that of fulfilling purpose. I hope I succeed in getting you confused with everyman’s conflict so that God can rediscover you to fulfill his purpose.

*allegory – the symbolic expression of a deeper meaning through a story or scene acted out by human, animal, or mythical characters.

 Written by Babarinsa Oluwatoba

A life that Counts

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Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in.

– Revelation 21:27 [The Message]

The Dream 

It was a room – a typical classroom arrangement, but the lighting was just bright enough for me the man standing before a desk and chair. I took the cue and sat.

Before me was a leather notebook which had my picture on its front page.

“Open it.” He said.

The first page was blank as other pages in the book. I picked up the pen on the desk and felt compelled to write.

So I put the pen to the first page and scribbled. But I discovered that no ink was coming on the page – there were just biro impressions but no ink mark at all.

I flicked the pen repeatedly to shake some ink back to the tip and wrote again. Still not as little as a dot of ink appeared.

“The ink is finished.” I looked up to the one who sat before me.

“No, it’s not.” He gently replied.

Then, I was puzzled. “Then why isn’t it writing?” I asked.

“That’s my book –” And when his index finger touched the book, he continued.

“And in my book, it’s only a life lived for me that counts – everything else goes unregistered.”

“Oh.”

Then I woke up as soon as realization swept over me.

The Reality

In the book of our lives [each day a page], it is only the life lived for God that counts. Every other pursuit in life is not true enough to be registered in God’s book. And God’s book is the pass for God’s kingdom.

Consider today,

Toluwanimi

What does it mean to live for God? Please add scripture references to help others [Thanks!]

GOOD DEEDS [Action Point Page]

Can good deeds make you acceptable to God?

You can’t assess how good a man is by his good deeds because you don’t know the motive behind those actions. A woman may seem so pleasant and nice to her step-daughter and make every one think she’s a good person until she decides it’s time to poison the little girl’s food – then truth is revealed that it’s all a façade.

Or how do you balance the bad things people do with the great ones? Will philanthropy cancel out murder? Will you advice a father, whose only daughter was killed by a careless drunk, against pursuing charges because this same driver has also assisted his brother [and many others] in getting a job?

Do you say but murder is a great thing! Okay, which is weightier: generosity vs corruption? Marital infidelity vs Gentleness?

We would have a twisted justice system if we operated like that.

If we would not operate our justice system like this, why do we expect God to do less? We want to come to God presenting our medals of honour – the great things – thinking probably they will outweigh our terrible mess ups.

At times, we even brandish good motives as excuses for our bad actions… Isn’t that unfair?

Can good deeds cross out bad ones?

You see, it can’t because: Every man is inherently selfish and has no capacity to continue to do good in himself – he is weak. Jer 17:9, Gen 6:5

You can’t gain acceptance of God by doing good any more than a dirty cloth can wash itself. He would rate us all UNACCEPTABLE. Our good deeds will not get us anywhere! Eph 2:9

You need something or someone higher than you to help!

And as you would wash a dirty cloth yourself, God can make you clean [forgive your bad deeds] and also grant the ability to do good deeds always. He made the provision before you were born:

While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly. Rom 5:6 [AMPLIFIED]

He can save you by His grace [unmerited favour] when you believe in Him. This isn’t any more of your striving, but is the gift of God [paid by Christ’s blood]. It is not a result of good deeds so that no one would boast.

Through Jesus Christ, God can create you a new masterpiece – give you a new life that will be able to do good deeds which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:8-10

Why not accept his offer – and take it all in today?

Toluwanimi

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