Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Biblical Heroes

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes
~ Psalms 37:7 The Holy Bible: New International Version

I love the way that your heart breaks with every injustice and deadly fate
Praying it all be new and living like it all depends on you

Here you are down on your knees again, trying to find air to breathe again
Only surrender will help you now, I love you please see and believe again

I love that you’re never satisfied with face value wisdom and happy lies
you take what they say and go back and cry you’re so close to me that you nearly died

they don’t have to understand you, be still
wait and know I understand you, be still be still

~ Flyleaf - Again ~

"You know how some doctors have the Messiah complex - they need to save the world? You've got the Rubik's complex; you need to solve the puzzle" ~Wilson to House on House MD

I have always said that my two favorite people in the bible are John the Baptist and Apostle Paul. Now John the Baptist has been a favorite for some time, Paul not so much. Both are brash and vocal about their beliefs - much like House on House MD though maybe not so vulgar. I think we need more Pauls and Johns in today's world but sad but true they would more than likely not put butts in seats in the churches. More than likely they would offend and upset people. People today don't want to hear that they are sinners - in fact many churches don't even say the "S" word anymore. I mean, really? I have to be honest with you but I don't go to church to show off how perfect I am or how perfect my life is. I DO go to church to be with other broken, sinful people who know and love Christ and worship him. We raise him up and glorify what he does in our lives and how he saves us from ourselves. See church is where you learn about God and celebrate what his grace and mercy does in your life.

John the Baptist was the herald of the coming of Christ. He was also his cousin. He understood his purpose as herald and lived it to its full extent. We look up to him for his dedication but I am sure if we ever had actually met him many of us would have thought he was a bit nuts. He lived in the wilderness and shouted at people about the coming of the Messiah - the only way to equate this to something now would be a homeless preacher on a busy street corner shouting at the people passing by. And he is not uneducated at all he knows his stuff, he draws people to him even religious scholars. But he offends with his blunt speech. Many people will ask "Just who does he think HE is?" and such. They don't want to look at their own hearts and purposes they don't want to look at their own ugliness.

Apostle Paul ended up being a great man but he didn't start that way. In fact he persecuted and hunted down Christians. Really, you say? Oh yeah, and he was terribly good at his job and his name was Saul at that time too. Then one day an angel of the Lord came upon him and his life got changed big time. He converted to Christianity and his name changed to Paul. He started teaching Christ's ways and boy did he teach! He became one of the greatest teachers and one of the most controversial - in fact when people start debating about Christianity, Paul and his teachings are a big part of it. He wasn't afraid of stirring the pot. He was determined to have an audience with Ceasar himself and by cracky he did - after many years of being in jail and persecuted himself.

I would love to be the voice in the wilderness - such as this world has become. I would love to become the voice that rings out the name of Jesus Christ and God from the highest mountains. I am not sure that is what God has planned for me but I think the job is not up to just one person but to all peoples who believe in Jesus Christ - Cry out in the Wilderness and let his name be known. Don't worry if you offend, don't worry if you look "crazy". The reward in the end is a glorious shining crown!

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