I was having lunch at Nando’s sometime last week (my “affinity” for Nando’s is a post for another day) and I was seated at a table across a group of teenage girls, like 6 of them. Of course a restaurant is a place of gathering of a group of people even though many times I’m there on my own- eat my food in peace and “quiet”. That was not the case that day. Continue reading
True story; no jokes. It happened yesterday.
I went to Church yesterday and decided to sit at the far back – the back of the back that was meant for the technical crew members. The seats were clearly marked as reserved for them but the “logical” me figured that even at other services when they were reserved, no one sits on them. Mistake 1.
Anyways, I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t part of the technical team that sat there; we were 3 – one other man and another lady. As sermon was going on, Continue reading
This is an entire food for thought post:
Romans 4:17 “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.“
Do you call those things which are not as though they were or do you call those things which are as though they were not?
This is deep and I guess it may require some amount of effort for us to tune our confessions in line with God’s Word.
I was on the train some days back and I saw one of these adverts with a “wonderful” deal; for example, a deal like:
“Fly to Italy for £20* only!”
(I can’t remember the particular advert now but you will get my point). Anyways, when I see adverts like this, I look for the ‘*‘ and sure enough it was there; so I followed the star. And for example purposes, you will see something like:
* Terms and conditions apply. Taxes may cost above £500
Have you ever noticed adverts like this? Well, that’s what adverts are supposed to do: catch your attention. But one has to be careful to read those terms and conditions because you may end up signing up for something you can’t afford.
But thank God the Kingdom of God is not “shady” like that. The Bible makes it clear the cost – terms and conditions – of being a Disciple. Jesus said in Luke 14:27-28, 33
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
To me, that is pretty clear enough.
Food for thought:
In the IT world, one of the greatest lies we always tell is when we click yes or tick the box next to “I have read and understood the Terms and Conditions”. Lol. Who reads those things?
Luke 9:61-62 “And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”