Saturday, March 31, 2012

There's More To It

A man in a car driving down a highway. He is going the speed limit and talking to his kids in the back seat. Another driver comes speeding by and almost runs the family man off the road. The family man gains control and curses the speeder as he zooms up the road. He talks badly and judges the speeder. He assumes the speeder is an out of control maniac.  The speeder is still racing up the highway with only one goal in mind to get his dying son to an hospital. His son was helping his dad build a tree house. He falls from the tree and lands hard onto the ground. Nothing is what it seems to be. What we see in the visual is not always the reality. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

There's a woman in a dirty, stained dress sitting on the side of a road. Her hair is uncombed and her appearance is dingy. A church bus filled with young teenagers are stopped at the red light. They see the woman and immediately make judgments. " She is homeless."" She is too lazy to work." " She is a prostitute or a thief." The woman sits on the ground starring into the distance reminiscing about her life two years earlier.  She was a VP of a cosmetics company. Her life had it all. The nice car and the admiration from her peers. She had it all until the CEO was found embezzling money and caused the company to go bankrupt. In one failed swoop, she lost everything she had. Her home, her car, and her boyfriend left her quicker than the eye could blink.  She tried to find a job but she was a VP of a company that went bankrupt due to misappropriation of funds. She was tainted by a mistake of another. On the day her path encountered the van full of teenagers was going to be her last. She decided to kill herself by stepping in front of a Semi-truck. Life is never what it seems to be. The appearance of a person does not mean a thing. We never know what is really going on until we ask the questions. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

A professor from Iraq finds himself in a refugee camp in Syria. He has numerous masters and doctorate degrees, and he was one of the top professors at the University of Baghdad. Now he is brought down to the status of refugee. He gets his papers to come to the States for resettlement for his new life. This country does not recognize his degrees or prior status. He has to search for a job and finds one as a waiter at a local restaurant. Two highly intelligent business men sit down for lunch in this restaurant. The professor serves them with integrity and professionalism. Each time he walks away, he hears the voices making fun of him and questioning his intelligence. The businessmen have no clue for they are caught up in their own perspective. They see what they want to see. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

We make assumptions. We think we have all the answers. We think what we see with our eyes is reality. Most people are self-centered. Most people in the world only see what they want to see, but Jesus came to remove the scales from our eyes. Christ will give us wisdom if we ask for it.

Pro 9:1-6
(1)  Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.
(2)  She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has set her table.
(3)  She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the highest places in the city,
(4)  "Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,
(5)  "Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.
(6)  Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding."

We can't be gullible and think the world revolves around us. To be honest, we are just a spec on a spec in the Universe. The Universe is this infinite reality stretching beyond what the human eye can see. Our planet is nothing but a dust particle when you compare it with the many galaxies which rotate in our Universe. We are nothing but a little atom sitting on the dust particle floating in the sea of space. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

How can we overcome the internal desire to be self-centered?  Jesus looked beyond Himself and knew that every action would cause an opposite and equal reaction. Every choice He made and every action he preformed was carefully thought out and designed for a purpose. What if we lived our lives this way? Jesus said over and over that the things He did ; He first saw the Father do. He was in tune with the Creator. He was in tune with His divinity. He came in human form to show that we can be in tune as well. It is a matter of laying down our lives and surrendering to HIS TRUTH. It is a matter of giving up selfish notions and giving yourself away to Someone who is bigger.  You know that Universe I was talking about? Well the living God created it and sits outside of it. In fact, one could say that the Universe is part of the train on His robe. Yeah I know. HE IS THAT BIG. THERE'S MORE TO IT. 

If we serve a Lord who is beyond all things, why don't we trust Him more? Why don't we allow Him to heal us and give us strength to forgive others? Why don't we allow Him to show us His truth? If we are uncertain about a situation or godly doctrine, why don't we ask for His revelation? Why don't we ask for Holy Spirit's input? Maybe THERE'S MORE TO IT. Maybe we are uncertain about the MORE TO IT. Maybe we don't want to see the MORE TO IT because it might reveal a side of us which is evil or unclean.

There's a young woman sitting on the steps outside of a brick church. Her hands are covering her face and tears are pouring down. She's too afraid to go in because she feels so ashamed of her sin. She was a porn star and a stripper. She slept with more men than she could remember, and her wake up call was her numbness to life. She feels so cold inside and was losing herself to the sin. " How could anyone love me?" She thought to herself. " How could God love me? I 'm used goods." " How could I ever be forgiven for the things I have done?"  Sadly many people in the church would reject a woman like this. There are certain sins in the church which appear to be unforgivable according to their doctrine but not according to the word of God. THERE'S MORE TO IT.  This young woman has a deeper past. When she was a little girl her favorite Uncle became her internal nightmare. He use to watch her and her little brother while the parents worked at night. One miserable night and for many nights afterwards until she became a teenager; her Uncle violated her innocence. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. Her Uncle's innocence was taken away by his coach in middle school. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. The Coach was beaten and abused by his father all his childhood. He was told he would never amount to anything. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. The Coach's father was in Vietnam and was captured by the enemy. He was tortured and beaten almost to the point of death. He was forever scared by his experience. THERE'S MORE TO IT. Does this excuse the sin of the abusive father, of the pedophile coach, of the incestuous Uncle or the porn star woman? NO OF COURSE NOT. We are all accountable for our sins regardless of what has driven us to them. We have a choice , and we have the power of Christ to overcome.  But THERE'S MORE TO IT. Jesus has come and given up his natural life for all of mankind. He gladly laid it down for all of us here and anywhere else in the Universe. He stands with arms wide open declaring His eternal forgiveness for anyone who receives. For anyone who desires to turn away from their wickedness like the porn star on the church steps. We must come to the Lord and desire to be set free. No matter the pain. No matter the sin. His blood can clean it.

Rom 6:11-18
(11)  So consider yourselves dead to sin's power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.
(12)  Therefore, never let sin rule your physical body so that you obey its desires.
(13)  Never offer any part of your body to sin's power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of.
(14)  Certainly, sin shouldn't have power over you because you're not controlled by laws, but by God's favor.
(15)  Then what is the implication? Should we sin because we are not controlled by laws but by God's favor? That's unthinkable!
(16)  Don't you know that if you offer to be someone's slave, you must obey that master? Either your master is sin, or your master is obedience. Letting sin be your master leads to death. Letting obedience be your master leads to God's approval.
(17)  You were slaves to sin. But I thank God that you have become wholeheartedly obedient to the teachings which you were given.
(18)  Freed from sin, you were made slaves who do what God approves of.

THERE'S MORE TO IT. We are free from sin. We are over comers through the blood of Christ. We serve a resurrected King whose power lives within us. Do we recognize the power of Christ within us? Do we see beyond the nature of men?

When will we open our eyes and realize that THERE'S MORE TO IT.

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