As I read this, I wonder if a person finds true joy when he/she has let go of worldly things and finally can say ‘I’m ready to be with My Lord”
I often say, I am ready to go, but am I really? Am I ready to give up all the world gives to me?
Does the pain and suffering have to be more than the happy of life to want to go Home?
Some days was worse than others. I must admit, most of the bad days are my own doing. I am blessed beyond belief, yet things/people do not meet my ‘expectations’ .
Most days I wake up weepy and sad lately. Probably because of the disconnect I have with some of my best friends. And with my church. But again, it’s because I have set too high of expectations for them and they have disappointed me. but alas, who am I but a sinner beyond help without the King, and so are they. Why should I put unwanted and unasked for demands on them?
Equality. a human thing really. I’m not quite sure God believes in equality for all. Well, my preconceived notion came from this group of verses:
English Standard Version
God’s Sovereign Choice
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,a my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
14What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16So then it depends not on human will or exertion,b but on God, who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
19You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25As indeed he says in Hosea,
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
27And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israelc be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29And as Isaiah predicted,
“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
we would have been like Sodom
and become like Gomorrah.”
30What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33as it is written,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
but it seems that is only about election/predestination, where these verses are all about equality:
so if we follow the logic to the end, if we say we are for the bible, then we are for equality of man, if we are for equality, then we are for equal rights for all men….regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, geographical location, etc.
Even if we say, well sexual orientation is not like color or gender equality because it is a sin.
Well, so then follow that out and we have no equality for the addict, the pedophile, the porn star, the drunk, the pharisee, etc.
And regardless of what you may think of a particular sin, all man should be treated equal, right?
In this world we should treat all men equal, it is our responsibility, our job, our right and our expectation for our Lord.
In the next world, God will be the judge and the equalizer. We need not to worry but to love.