Monthly Archives: February 2012
And how we’ve taken our eye off the ball. I was completing an assignment the other day and was racking my brain searching for a specific expression to use. I ended up using a mixture of two expressions that didn’t quite sound right, but was all that I could come up with. Needless to say (or as Murphy’s Law would have it), it was only after I submitted the assignment that the correct wording came to mind. The expression I was looking for was ‘hop, skip and jump’.
This made me think of the athletic event known as triple jump where you kind of do do a hop, a skip and then a jump into the sand, which in turn got me thinking of the Olympics and how the crowds would gather to celebrate the special achievements of the many athletes. I pictured in my mind how the triple jumper would prepare to run whilst the crowd watched intently, how they’d do their thing and then land in the sand and how the crowd would cheer and the athlete would stand up and raise their hands in the air in appreciation.
And as I pondered on this imaginary scene, it struck me that the person (the athlete that is) had just jumped into a pit of sand. And I thought to myself, is that REALLY worth celebrating? I mean, as a parent I would think it absolutely preposterous if my son’s pre-school were to sell tickets just to see how the kids jump into the sandpit. AND they’d even throw in a couple of antics JUST to please their adoring fans (the crowd). Yes, the professional athlete may have done it from quite a distance, but is it really that extraordinary? Is it really that important that we gather around and hand out trophies for it?
Now I’m not knocking triple jumpers, long jumpers, or any other type of athlete, but I do have to wonder whether, as ‘aliens in the world’ (passing through the world the Bible tells us) haven’t we maybe taken our eye off the ball a bit (the goal that is).
Consider this verse: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (Luke 15:7 NIV).
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t read anything there about any rejoicing for jumping in the sand! Or winning the super bowl! Or the world cup of whatever! What I DID read was that there is a party every time a person turns to God. Now if God considers it party time when someone becomes a Christian, the question really is, when last did YOU throw a party when someone became a Christian? Or for that matter, when last did the church throw a party when someone accepted Christ?
Somehow we have become completely desensitised as to what is the real goal of life: to see people turn to God and to get people to heaven. And that THAT is a really, really, really good reason to be getting excited!
Yes, we must still live. Yes, we must still be the best at that which we do. But I’m simply wondering when last did you even THINK of the lost? Jesus gave up the glories of heaven to save the lost. There is not a hope that your life comes anything close to what He had in heaven. Yet He gave it up for you and me and every other person on this planet.
I don’t expect you to go change your life a whole lot. But I AM suggesting that you take just a moment to consider that there is more to your life than getting excited about something that is really not eternal, whatever that might be for you.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
What the Consumer Protection Act and heaven have in common. The Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (CPA) is probably one of the greatest pieces of legislation that South Africa has ever produced. It shows that despite the railroaded Protection of State Information Bill (aka the Secrecy Bill), our politicians do actually care about us. Now it may be that the most likely reason for its existence is the fact that they themselves are consumers and they would like to protect themselves from corrupt businesses (and even maybe other politicians). But whatever the reason or purpose for its existence, we benefit.
I have used the CPA now for the second time in the very few months of its existence (see end-note 1) when I listed a number of sections of the act that MTN (see end-note 2) was contravening. It resulted in stunted silence and the required effect – action. I would urge every South African to get themselves a copy and start using it. Knowledge is power.
And then it struck me just how very true that statement is – knowledge is indeed power! And what greater power is there than power over death? Eternal life! Salvation!
You see, as Christians we fall under the power of the BPA, that is the Believers Protection Act (Act 1 of ‘the very beginning’). After Adam and Eve sinned, God announced the beginnings of the BPA when He said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV). Right from the very beginning, God made it clear that the devil’s head WILL be crushed. No maybe’s – WILL.
Then the BPA was confirmed when God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:3, saying “… And in you all the families [nationalities] of the earth shall be blessed” (NKJV). Not ONLY a chosen race or nation of people but all the nations of the earth will be blessed.
Then God formalised and ratified the Believers Protection Act (BPA) in Genesis 15:9-17 when God performed an ancient cultic covenant ritual with Abraham, and announced it by the prophet Isaiah (equivalent to the Government Gazette): “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. … The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken'” (Isaiah 40:3-5 NKJV – emphasis mine).
And then finally, the BPA was promulgated (enacted) when Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross, bearing all our sin and guilt, saying “… It is finished. …” (John 19:30 NIV). What God had started in the garden of Eden, God brought to completion in the death of His Son.
All so that you and I can live.
All so that you and I can call on Jesus our Advocate.
All so that you and I can demand that we be treated in accordance with the Believers Protection Act (Act 1 of the very beginning).
But just as the Consumer Protection Act is only effective if you’re South African, so too the Believers Protection Act is only of value (enforceable) if you’re a believer. So the question is, are you a Christian? Are you a follower of Jesus? Have you accepted Him as your personal Lord and Saviour? Because if you haven’t, you have no case! You have NO protection! You have NO rights!
But you now have the knowledge which means that you now have the power. Make the choice and call on Jesus. He’s waiting.
my name is darryl
and this is what I have to say
1 : The Consumer Protection Act (Act 68 of 2008), only got promulgated in May 2011
2 : MTN is one of the two biggest mobile phone carriers in South Africa
So the LORD said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
(Not a repeat of yesterdays Facebook thread – so read on) For those of you who were following my homeboy guide to pork shovel fry (formerly known as stir fry) yesterday on Facebook, this is not a repeat of yesterday’s steps. And whilst I will be ‘giving’ away the secret to the perfect shovel fry, there is as usual, more to the blog than simply a key to a recipe.
To recap yesterday’s points, I have NO idea why stir fry is called stir fry as you don’t actually stir it, but rather shovel the food around. So my thanks goes to Cindy Green for coining the term shovel fry. I also got tired of typing out house husband all the time and so decided that I would hence forth be known as homeboy.
And so the afternoon started with step 1 (cook 1 cup of rice) through to step 6 (throw the rice into the mix), with a question being asked later of whether it was nice. I said it was phenomenal (and it was) but also said that if anyone were to follow the steps as I laid it out on Facebook, they wouldn’t get the same result. The reason: there was a secret sub-step that needed to be done in order for it to turn out phenomenal.
And here it is: the secret to awesome shovel fry is crispy veg. If your veggies are too soft then effectively you have a stew and not a shovel fry. You may as well throw a soup or sauce in and spare yourself the embarrassment. And the secret to the secret is that not all veggies cook at the same speed, and have to be thrown in at various intervals to ensure a perfect (or phenomenal) outcome.
So there you have it. The secret to perfect shovel fry revealed.
So what has all this got to do with living a life of faith? Very simply this: there is no secret. You see, far too many times we want to hide behind some or other hidden secret or key as to why we don’t want to believe in the God of the Bible. We want to believe that if there is a secret to the perfect shovel fry, then surely there must be a secret to living a life of faith more effectively. We want to be able to ‘fail’ and have it revealed (or at least we try to convince ourselves) that the real reason we failed was because we didn’t have ALL the information, didn’t have ALL the steps, didn’t have ALL the whatever.
Well, there is no special secret to living a life of faith. You simply have to love God (see Matthew 22:37) and (by extension) love the Bible (see 1 John 5:3). For when you do, you take your instruction from the Bible in order to honour the God you love. It is that simple. And yet our flesh would have us cry out and make us want to believe that it can’t be THAT simple. And yet it is.
Now I’m not suggesting that by the end of this read you’ll all be perfect little robots. No. We DO live in a fallen world and we will only be perfect when Christ returns. But I am suggesting that we can ALL strive a little harder to live a life of faith that is more God honouring than what it may now be, as there is no secret to being able to.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
PS – There is no special secret to eternal life. It has and always will be Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. He is the ONLY way, truth and life, and no one can go unto the Father but by Him (Jesus) (see John 14:6).
Scriptural References (all NIV):
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.