A dialogue of questions

But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light,
for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says,
“Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”

–Ephesians 5:13-14

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Why are you giving others
The caresses of eyes
Are you not my Bride?

I look around and see
My eyes are allowed to be so free
Hope for purity seems to be lost in vanity

Why are you giving your
Faintness of heart
To those who will fail you from the start?

What hope have I been given
A life starved from abuse?
My life seems to me of no use

Why are you offering your
Precious little time
To that which cares little about the next chime?

Where else can my mind
Be so enthrallingly entertained
Else where can I find pixels blood stained?

Do you not understand
What you’re meant for
How I’ve lovingly opened those doors?

Instead of doors
I’ve seen pretty baskets
I’m diving into my own casket

Why do you cast
Your own judgments
Or is my eternity of wisdom not well spent?

I conform people
To the image of me
You don’t fit so why don’t you just flee?

Can you see how your life
Can go so much further beyond
Long nights, parties, dance, and song?

Where else can I go join
A lively mighty throng
And enjoy the night until the last song?

Or is life all but vanity
Meant to be thrown away
Tomorrow we’ll die anyway?

Sometimes I think life is vanity
My hopes and dreams lie in insanity
Where is my hope anyways?

Have I not lived beyond ages
Saw the universe through its stages
And set captives free from their decrepit cages?

Where is our body today?
Has it fallen away from centuries of decay?
Or is there hope coming somewhere from the fray?

I believe there is a ‘glimmer’ of light to be focused upon
One beam that we fail to fail to set our eyes on
Flashes of fire strong as death and fierce as the grave
Conflagration so fathomous and ardor so valiant
Depths that can’t satisfy and floods can’t save
Exploding into brilliant light and vapor
Such is the love of the Savior

Yes, we have failed in showing heartfelt devotion
We have done our duty to fight wars
Our duty to enlighten our minds
Our duty to point people towards the right signs
Our duty to what is right, because it is right
Even when in our duties we erred
Out of duty we remedied the problems we were aware
We thought out of love we were duty bound
Because of this our character was made sound

How blind and far from the truths we have been swayed
Away from all our heart, soul, and strength a love intertwined
Away from the Source who can lead us out of the fray
We say duty when it is supposed to be delight
Else where can we find our true fight?
Do we fight for country for duty
Or love of it and the family members we dream of at night?
Would we not give everything we wield
To buy the treasure in the field?

I propose an answer that will dumbfound the wise
And will delight the simple
An answer that will ignite idols in a temple
And shed light on a world so dark
Giving meaning to the grace of a lark
An answer that’s burning in the front of your mind
Yes, love, which you want to drink more than the sweetest wine

A place where you can find happiness
Apart from yourself
This Kingdom yea, you’ll find nothing less
Circumstances rage and fires sway
But this great Love will always stay
Where else can you truly find the most
Satisfaction in delight
Of loving a person who sees you as more
An image of Himself, how can He deny Himself?
Can He deny the opportunity to rest in the love
That has sustained eternity and everything else?

Would we fear being called a hedonist
When we sing of heaven meeting earth in a sloppy kiss?
Of mercy and grace we’re colored white by the redemptive dye
And judgment that has triumphed over Satan’s lies?
When we trust love that sets the standard during temptation
And thrive because there really is a way of escaping?

When we increase our knowledge
Run the plains and step to the edge
Live life in full and relish the rush
Despite efforts to silence and hush
To live in violent compassionate love
Offering hope to the hopeless
And peace like once did a single dove?

So I’ll say yes and listen to a wise pied Piper
Who expounded upon a vast many truths
And hit the Light like a military sniper
The chief end of man is to glorify God
By enjoying Him forever
From His love we cannot be severed

A clarification of sorts, so that truth is contained herein
Happiness doesn’t result from gifts
Only from the Giver, only in God
Consummation only reached by the number One and Two
To the only Almighty who is forever our praises are due.

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Caveat: Most of the time when I write, I speak to myself too because it’s God speaking through me. I’m working through these things as well.

The front portion is there so the reader can see hypothetically the different frames of mind in which people could/would interact God if/when they are asked those questions. It’s not meant to be exhaustive or complete, merely just random examples that came into my mind as I was writing.

Also, the front portion is a call to those who need to be reached by the body and the love that we are capable of giving through Christ as our resource. From the man who has trouble keeping his purity, to the abused, to those who are questioning, to those who are far away, to the consumed gamer, to the suicidal, the selfish and self-centered, those who think “eat and drink for tomorrow we die,” and those who doubt the very power of the Body of Christ because they have failed to see the love of Christ truly demonstrated.

The end takes a turn and the tone of the writing is different, because we have moved from questions towards hope. Hope lying in us stepping up in our relationship with God not only to work through our own issues by the grace and mercy of God, but also to join others and lovingly helping them through theirs as well. If we just focus on removing our own junk, it still just becomes about us. If we just focus on other’s junk, most likely we got a log in our eye. If we focus on Christ and making an effort to love Him, then those things will come naturally as fruit of our relationship with Him. AKA, the fruit of the Spirit. When we are fed by Him, we can proceed to give others the life that we have been given. All the while, we are able to delight in what we do (difficulty or non) because we enjoy being in relationship with God.

It’s not just rules, that’s the law and that is death. Have you noticed how when you try to follow just the “rules” you ALWAYS fail and feel miserable for it? That is no way to live. In fact, it is still slavery. The law came about to make sin known to us. It throws it in our face and shows us our uncleanliness before a holy God. Jesus came so that we could have a true and better Master, enabling us to be free from the bonds of slavery to sin. By grace we have been saved, not by works so that no man can boast. What boasting do we have in God! Him who loved us so much that He would keep loving us despite our constant and utter failures! None of us have a perfect past or a perfect present nor even a perfect future. Because God is perfect throughout and beyond time, He alone can make us perfect in the end. We’re being colored white by mercy and grace found in the redemptive dye. The same dye that was shed on the cross. That same moment in time when everything about our lives changed so long ago because someone actually loved us, and every single part of creation to give us hope for a future with the promise of renewal. With such evident love (and much more evidence to be examined) we can see how and why we can draw from such a source as He. Also, because of the implications of the why it is necessary that we do draw from Him. We are prone to failure, everyone knows that. Thank God that He loves us through that, and desires for us to return by His side.

With someone loving us this much, how can we not enjoy seeking out a relationship with Him? Yes, it will be difficult. In fact, we are promised by Jesus that we will face difficulty and even death in this life because we follow Jesus. But, as an example, most know of a challenging relationship in their life that they love that person dearly. You can think of a coach, that friend who challenges you to do your best, that friend who calls you out when you mess up, that parent or sibling who smacks you on the head and tells you to wake up and smell the roses, that teacher who won’t let you slide by with passing grades because they know you were created better than that. As I think back on those sorts of relationships in my life, and many of those with my best friends and family I can truly say to myself and to them that I love them. Yes they challenge me, and yes sometimes it does hurt and does suck. But their reason for challenging me and you is because they see more in us than we do. They see the potential of who we could be. God sees the actuality of who we really are when we are covered by His Son’s blood. God, being more perfect sees beyond our failures and those things which mar the surface of who we appear to others to be. Because of that and His unfailing love, He is able to perfectly challenge us to become who we’re meant to be – who we really are.

Most of the time our sin is what defines us. Because of our mistakes we are angry, insecure, hurt, depressed, and on. As a result, we get tricked into thinking this is just the way we are and we can’t do better. We can’t move beyond our impurity, or beyond our cutting, or beyond suicidal tendencies. We get bogged down in failure, complacency, loss of motivation, laziness, and loss of hope for change. We are defined by these things, and at times yes even becoming them. This is not meant to be. This is a brief and incomplete example of the curse that has been on humanity. What is before is an example of what has been overcome, and what is to be overcome. We have been redefined by the redemptive dye, so that these things are no longer true of us. We do fail yes, but the “old man” has passed away and the “new man” has come because of what Christ did when we accept His sacrifice choosing to follow Him.

In the end, Scripture says it better than I ever can.

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

–2 Corinthians 4:5-18 ESV

Pray that we can have the mind of Christ – seeking to love the Father alone and people more each day. Pray that through being in relationship with Him that our lives can be purified by a Father lovingly correcting His children. Pray that you can delight and take joy in this love and relationship. Pray that your relationship will be a real and active one, devoid of simple thoughtless duty for the sake of devotion. Pray that we can be shown how to love others more as a result of the love that has been shown to us so consistently and evidently through time. Pray that this love can become undeniably evident to others who don’t know Jesus that they might come to know our Teacher and Rabbi. Pray also that you can encourage and support those who are learning in this relationship right alongside you, that you can build them up and function as a unified Body of Christ. Pray that you can be patient, and work through disagreements with your fellow believer. Pray that even though those disagreements may arise that the total focus and representation of the Body would be that of Christ – both within the Body and without. Finally, pray that everyone may see, Christian and non-Christian alike, that we are real people who are in the process of being perfected by the love of Christ.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory,
for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness!
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

–Psalm 115:1-3 ESV

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