Saturday, September 19, 2015

Larry, Bob & Zack

Larry and Bob haven't seen each other for a while.  Larry lives out of town but came to visit.  They sat over coffee, catching up.

Larry asks Bob about a mutual friend Zack and how things are going with Zack's new wife Mirna.

Bob smirks a little . . . looks up . . . "uhh . . . well . . . " he responds with an unsure, slight grimace.

Larry presses and says, "I mean, is she good for him?  Do you like her?"

Bob purses his lips, obviously thinking how to answer.  It's clear he thinks there are some issues but doesn't want to speak bad of Zack and the new wife or gossip.

Larry, not really himself interested in hearing the details and just wanting to put the matter to rest and move on to other topics, ie., sports, work, vacations, cars, says, "Well, is he happy though?  Is ZACK happy?  'Cuz that's all the matters. . . ."

[Note, Bob has become a passionate, born again Christian since they last met.  Bob's worldview is typically post-modern, "everybody has their own path . . . whatever makes you happy . . . do your best" etc., and it will be alright. . . .]

But Bob is thinking, "hmm . . . oh dear, what a stupid thing to say, 'is he happy?  That's all that matters.'"  Bob is also thinking . . . Zack was a passionate Christian but his new wife is very worldly and has taken Zack of course.  Oh, they are "doing well" . . . in the world's eyes--just got a new boat and are remodeling their kitchen.  But Bob doesn't consider this "doing well".  In fact he's worried about Zack, about his soul.

Is it true that "if he's happy, that's all that matters?"  Perhaps Hitler was happy killing Jews and Christians.  Hey, that's what made him "happy" so. . . .  Radical Jihadists are happy beheading and crucifying Christians and raping little girls.  Is that all that matters?

But then also, is he really "happy"?  Is Zack "happy"?  Really, what he is . . . is energetically prideful, able to boast, confident that he is doing "better" than others.  This can look like "happy" . . . and maybe it even is.   But is that what this life is for?  Or is it to be HOLY?  "But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy." (1 Peter 1:15)

It is said, you can have your "heaven" now . . . and your Hell later, or vice versa.  God will often let those who hate Him and have no desire to serve and submit to Him--He will let them have a bit of the "good life" while on earth . . . because that's as good as it's going to get.  He turns them over to their master, the devil, who may reward them for a time with earthly gifts.  But to the one with the eyes to see . . . this is a terror.  This is a slow moving nightmare which ends badly, despite the temporary boons and treasures. . . .

No, Bob thinks, the point of this life is not whether Zack is pleased with himself and his new wife.  It is whether GOD is pleased.  What makes God "happy" so-to-speak . . . is "all that matters."  And Bob can see that Zack has stopped thinking of and thanking God day-to-day and is only focused now on social standing, the material assets he's acquiring, the satisfaction of his new wife, etc.

But Larry doesn't want to hear about that.  That just sounds "judgmental" and "negative."  Besides, Larry is also just doing what makes himself happy, which includes having an affair, and he doesn't want to get into any type of discussion about absolute right and wrongs.  No way. . . . He just wants a quick answer so that he can keep the conversation light, inconsequential--nothing that might prick the conscience and give him pause in his own case. . . .

It's the same world that Larry and Bob are looking at, but the point-of-view is altogether different and shades each one's perception to completely opposite ends.  To please God . . . or to please man . . . that is the distinction.  They do not both lead to the same place.  And being "happy" has nothing to do with it.  It is all about being holy.  

Serving oneself ("man") can never lead to holiness.  Only by submission to the one, true, holy, living God--Who holds ALL the cards; Who CREATED all the cards--is it possible to truly be happy, content, right with God and at peace . . . for the rest of eternity.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Most worlders have been decieved into believing they serve the father(God) of truth .Thats just how good the facsimile is .Most of these live in a state of denial of the state of "the world" which is chaos,and confusion and death.

If one truly follows the God of truth find themselves here only for Gods glory and amusement.Not for the self amusement and glorification.

Have you seen the commercials comming out of the catholic church.They bill themselves as the church that Jesus built.If anyone knows truth,they know jesus builds his church within individuals.

Here is some verses on why God created man/woman.

Isaiah 43:7 - [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Genesis 1:26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Ephesians 3:9-10 - And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Revelation 4:11 - Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Titus 2:14 - Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

1 Peter 1:12 - Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Genesis 1:28 - And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Romans 11:36 - For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

1 Corinthians 1:9 - God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Samuel 12:24 - Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you.

Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Acts 17:27 - That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

1 Corinthians 15:27-28 - For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

Ephesians 3:6 - That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

John 15:15 - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Like father, son/daughter. Who's ones daddy?......which God is one serving?

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