So what is truth?
This is the question Pilate asked Jesus and did not wait for Jesus to answer the question?
So we ask…what is truth?
Acts 5: 38-39
“38: and now I say unto you, refrain. From these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39): But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it;lest haply yeah be found even to fight against God.”
Noise or no noise; persecution or hatred; Questions or subliminals; polemics
You see, persecution is the fuel of the gospel, not money, not power, but PERSECUTION.
Acts 8:4 The Bible says so.
In conclusion, I will sing out loud these words “the church is marching on, the church is marching on, the gates of hell shall not prevail, the church is marching on.
If you have ever persecuted the church or the good news message, this one is for you
“Onward Christian soldiers
Marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before
Onward then, ye people
Join our happy throng
Blend with ours your voices
In our triumph song
Christ the royal master
Leads against the foe
Forward into battle
See His banners go
CROWNS AND THRONES MAY PERISH
KINGDOMS RISE AND WANE
BUT THE CROSS OF JESUS CONSTANT WILL REMAIN.
Have a blessed week ahead beautiful people.
Wait this won’t be complete if I don’t add this.
To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Please, confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior now. And let go of the past mistakes and hurt.
Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. (Matthew 22:17-21)
In a world all too driven by the material, it is so easy to take the above passage at the superficial level.
A question about whether or not to pay taxes is rendered plain. The questioner seeks to hold Jesus for speaking against Caesar; He flips the coin and lays a stumbling block at their feet – give unto God what belongs to God.
Christ came with a new world order; a new message that gives credence to the Father only. Yet, somehow by the traditions of men we render God commandments void. We make them of no effect when when we focus on half an leave the other half untaught an undone. We are no more concerned with building the walls of Jerusalem, and going beyond laying the foundation of the Temples, we are more about our own businesses; building our walls, putting roofs to our houses and the likes. We forget the purpose for the liberty we enjoy: life: freedom from bondage, that His people shall call Him God, and He shall call them sons. But we have stopped at foundation level, we have left th weightier matter undone – perfecting holiness.
We are all to familiar with Malachi, where God tells the people, you have robbed me for you have not given me tithes and offering. We ignore the earlier chapters of the book where he talks about unrequited love, honour not given and reverence being withheld. I remember all to clearly, once a colleague shared a story of her husbands dream with me. In the dream he found himself being pursued, shouts of “thief, thief, thief, thief” as he ran from the mob. He woke worried, and shared the dream with his wife. After a few hours of soul searching they conclude to pray. After the prayer the wife asks the husband “have you been paying your tithe?” He admits to having failed in keeping with this duty.
I wanted to ask, is it only in tithe and offering we (can) rob God. But I mused to myself what other areas do we rob God? How would we not rob God, when we do not know what belongs to Him. How would I not steal from Him, when I cannot say with certainty what is His?
In the book of Malachi, these burdens of the Lord are shared with the prophet:
1: I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? (V1)
2: A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear (reverence)? (V6)
3: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? (3:8)
Let’s go over these again: He is robbed of love He deserves; of honour he should receive; and fear or reverence that should be accorded to Him.
Yet, when He asks will a man rob God? Focusing on tithes and offering, all too confidently we cry out, all these I have kept from my youth.
We (choose to) forget He told the rich young man “go, sell your possessions and give to the poor… . Then come, follow me (Matt 19:16 – 21).” In another verse he says “ye have omitted justice, mercy and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23) NIV”. If he wanted the money he would not have said pursue righteousness or ask for 10 percent as tithe.
In the key text for this piece, He tells the Pharisees, the money and the property which you buy with the money all belong to the man whose image is on the denarius – Caesar, so give it to him.
In reference to Jesus’ reply of “Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”, Ravi Zacharias says “the man should have said, what (then) belongs to God? And Jesus would have said whose image is on you?” In another podcast he says “…in whose image are you made?”
God asks for 10 percent of your earnings but says you should worship with your whole (100%) Spirit, heart, mind and might.
Let’s take this William Blake’s poem in closing:
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice!
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee,
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Thanks for stopping by!
You can listen to the podcasts that got me thinking and writing, what belongs to God, here:Whose Image is on you and Made in His Image.
This Just A Thought series is inspired by Ravi Zacharias’ Just A Thought one minute serial podcasts on the RZIM website.
1. The house was shanty like. One room. Not dirty, but litters of a sort. There were mosquito nets leaning on the walls. Buckets. Pots. Pans. I looked around, no TV, no sound, no decoder, no chair. Only this fair, beautiful, innocent day old baby, a sign of something better in this room. I wondered for how long?
2. My conversations with this particular lady was beginning to tend towards friendship. A colleague. I recognised she knew things I did not know in this work space. Though she hides her awareness under the guise of showing me around, I can still sense it. My friendship with her is too heavy for my ego. She is calling. She says my my conversation with someone earlier today was a bit brash. I should not be so direct next time. I wonder for how long we would be friends.
3. The house is empty. Just me. No friends, no appliances. My phones are the only contact to the outside world. Noise from outside weave with my thought. They are planing a christening. I prayed with the Igbo family yesterday. The mother is happy. Yet, I could sense the heavy heart. The baby is a girl. This is her second. She can only hope.
4. I have been standing at the bus stop almost an hour. I’m beginning to feel older. I feel the heat underneath my shirt. The sweat dripping down my body. I feel naked. Vulnerable. Where are all the cabs in Ilorin this afternoon? I hate to wait. I begin to pace. Not pace, but then pacing. I do not know if my anger is directed at the right entity.
5. It is 7:22am. I am at the park along airport rd. I am going to Ibadan. I’m wondering if taking the drivers word is wisdom. He says when I get to Ojoo, I should enter Iwo Road. The cry “Ejo edakun e fun Mi l’owo” interrupts my thought. The boy followed me here. I feeI like somebody interrupted my sleep on a Saturday morning. I want to think in peace. I look in my hand. I give him the thirty naira, so he can leave. And then I remember that verse in the Bible. The story where Christ teaches on prayer. It’s Luke 11.
I wonder, maybe I’m not praying enough.
My friend said to me a couple of weeks ago “don’t bring God into everything”. We were talking about his Business Ventures and a career path for him.
I have not been able to put that statement to rest. It keeps coming back to me.
I can’t remember how I replied him, but I know I said something like we could not leave God out.
As I keep thinking about it, I realise that his statement was was an echo; a reverb. He was speaking his mind, but he echoed the minds of many others.
Can I leave God out of anything? No I can not. He is in everything. Everything was created by Him. It would be foolhardy to try and take the creator out of the creature and expect that I would get full expression from the creature.
Let me rephrase, when a person does not acknowledge God as an integral part of their relationship with people or events or things, they are bound to receive less than it meets their desires.
The full expression of an individual’s ability is only attainable when he is aware and walks in the knowledge of the God factor.
You see, this my friend was at a cross Road; he was making an important life decision. What to do with his life? And he wanted to leave The Giver of Life out of the decision making process. It/he would have been disaster. He was about to do a trial an error test; an open window to frustration.
Actually, my friend is aware of the God factor, but like many in his shoes, he is not ready to walk in that knowledge.
When you are aware of the “Boss” status of a person and fail to align or submit your self to his authority, you would have declared yourself an antagonist of him.
If you know God is LORD, and don’t submit your self to his Lord ship you are walking on ice.
Not able to recollect the things I said, I have decided to share some of what I remember and a bit of additions.
I said “make your decisions but lay them before God. And if you are not sure which is which, lay it all before Him and ask for guidance. This means you would pray. Pray like your answer depends on it, because it does. In addition you would align your self with him. Let Him mentor you; show you things. Study His life and see how you can begin to be like Him. His life you would find in the Bible.
And above all make yourself worthy of the friendship you desire. Let your character be like His.”
He went “Seun, I pray. I read my Bible when I can.”
That’s the thing. Then God would answer you when He can. He would be available to you when He feels so.
I wanted to tell him, you haven’t been able to keep a steady relationship in six years, because you don’t put your girl first. And then you think The God who created the girl who left you because, you put her second place would answer to your one minute grunts. Hian! I did not. I could not. I would have missed the opportunity.
So I said to him you know how you were crossed with Ope ( not real name) cos she was seeing someone else, while she was with you. You thought she was not serious. And you walked away. And then when you met Titi ( NRN), she would complain about how you don’t make time for her. You only see her when you are on your home from having been with us all day.
“What does this have to do with what we are talking about”
Ignoring His question I went on. You left Ope because she was not into you. She only liked the idea of being with someone all her friends were talking about. You left Titi cos she was asking to be first and not second fiddle to you and your guys. And you could not stand being with Toby anymore because she was not honest about certain things in the beginning of your relationship. I paused, trying to catch my breath.
“IGE, IGE why you dey quite now” came through.
I answered, God wants the same things the girls I mentioned (to name a few) wanted and what you too wanted from Toby.
1. A real relationship. One that pleased both partners.
2. First place. Not second. Not,when-I-am-going-to-bed relationship. Priority status.
And 3. Honesty. No lies, no games. Straight and straight all through.
Checking to see if I was speaking to myself, I asked, “what do you think?”
He sighed. So I continued, “take sometime this week and weigh your options. If you think you can adjust and make things right with God, good for you. You are the one who needs adjusting not God. You. But this time, you are lucky.
I heard him ask “lucky, how?”
Taking my time, I said, “God is patient. He is willing to help work on your relationship with him. He understands.”
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