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Alive in the Living Room

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

It’s dead but it’s in the living room.

It was staring at me yet it’s dead – an elk head. With eyes wide open and horns outstretched, the animal’s neck occupies the living room where I’m talking about Romans 6:11, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

History tells us this elk was alive, then it was dead, then it looks like it’s alive but it is really dead. Thanks to the work of a seasoned taxidermist. So when it was alive, it went to being dead and stayed dead though it looks like alive.

Paul points to this taxidermy lesson –> dead to sin, alive in Christ.

You were dead and into sin, but when Jesus gave his life and died on the cross for you, you receive life and became dead to sin. Like the elk, you become dead…to sin. Unlike this elk, you don’t stay in death and you don’t look like alive, you are really alive…in Christ.

So each time you stare at that mirror, know that you are dead – to sin. Remember that you are alive – in Christ.

You are alive in the living room.

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Equalizer

When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,.. Luke 16:22

Ha! This is just like the cellphone. At least in the Philippines.

The fireman has one. The garbage boy has the new model. The riches politicians uses it at the sessions. A student in her early teens has accessories with it. You look at the blue security guard’s pocket, he has one. Everybody has a cell phone! The fishball vendor. The meat slicer in the wet market. Nurse. Doctor. Engineer. Accountant. Policeman. Clerk. Jeepney drivers. Car drivers. Bikers. Elementary graduate. High School drop-out. The oldest man in the neighborhood can text you. The youngest fellow in the family can call you. The cellphone, it’s an equalizer.

Just like death. Jesus told us this, the poor and the rich will all meet death. Nobody is here on earth is to live forever and not bumped into death. Death maybe an early call or can be postponed for some decades. However, as sure as the air you breathe, you will stop in doing so. One day, we will all have to put our backs flat and never have to stand up again.

If death is the equalizer, what is that will spell the difference?

Life.

The way you live your life will present the inevitable inequality. To whom you will dedicate it. To whom you will spend it. For whom you will breathe as long as you live. How you are committed to loving God and helping people will make a difference. Why you do the things you are doing for God and his church will make the slack.

The rich man knew he has a poor man, Lazarus, at his gates but did not look his way. He was clothed with garments and linen good enough to make Lazarus warm and cover his sores but did not do it. Lazarus was willing to take the scraps from his table but he won’t let it fall.

Lazarus, on the other hand, kept quiet. He did not curse God for his life. He did not shout at this rich man for not helping him. He accepted his situation and understood others situation. His conduct gives us the picture of man who did not complain about his empty stomach and body sores enough for a dog’s tongue action.

Decide who made the difference.

Decide to make a difference.

Life is the difference, death is the equalizer. You can do something with the difference, you can’t do something with the equalizer.

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Free Agents

While he was saying these things to them, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. Matthew 9:18, 20

As of this writing, NBA players under free agency are meeting with several interested team managers and officials. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh among others are the most met ball payers this summer. The team officials throw their pitch to these players of what they offer, what are their plans and how much they can offer. For example, Lebron is being wooed by New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and his present or former team, Cleveland Cavaliers. Offers include player’s contract plus business opportunities plus other perks are being laid unto him. In all these offers, the player is free to choose. He is free to select which team will give him what he needs to be a champion more than the money they can pay him. Multiple teams will come to him, but he will come to only one. He will come to the one team he believes he will find what he is playing for – an NBA championship.

The official was a free agent, too. He is free to choose what he is going to do with his dead daughter. He can choose to let go of her. He can choose to bury her. He can choose to bring her to somebody who claims to give life, and that’s what he chose. He chose to come to Jesus. He chose to kneel before Him and beg Him on behalf of his beloved daughter. He chose to come to the One he believed he will find life amidst death.

The woman suffering with hemorrhages was another free agent. She is free to choose what she will do with her twelve years old sickness. She can just give up. She can just go on with her life day by day with pain. She can choose to come to someone who heals health and heart, and that’s what she chose. She chose to come to Jesus. She chose to come closer to Him up to the point she could touch Him. She chose to come to the One she believed she will find healing amidst pain.

Daily, we are being offered what we will do with life. We choose between hundreds of offers. We choose every second. We choose what can happen next minute. We choose what we are in the coming years. We choose, for we are free to choose. And we will choose only one at any time. Hopefully, among offers which come to us, we will come to the One we believe we will find life and healing.

Choose Jesus.

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Bread

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. John 6:35

It’s amazing how they make cakes.

I was watching this television program with my daughters about a reality series on bakers who specialize in making wedding cakes.  They get their cues from the soon to be wed couples regarding their dream wedding cake.  These cake designers would do anything for that dream to become a reality.  Tell them your theme and they would cut out a fit-in cake for that. They would keep your eyes open when you see the creation. They would put color to suit your wedding gown. They would put anything you can come up with the request of the couple. A cake about your love story. A cake about your first meeting. A cake about your engagement moments. A cake about your dream home. A cake about your love song. A cake about your favorite movie. They have what it takes to create your cake for you.

One thing I realized is this. No matter what the design of the cake is.  No matter what the theme of the cake is. No matter what the shape of the cake is. No matter how large or small the cake is. One thing holds the cake together which is always overlooked– The bread.

It’s amazing how we make Christian life like cakes.

We put our own colors. We put our own designs. We put our own shapes. We go to the prayer meeting and expect the worship leader to be lively and energetic. We would like our leader to be a eloquent speaker and preacher. We imagine that each member would perfectly fit in to their commitments. We stop attending his mass when our parish priest becomes politicize. We withdraw our participation when the ministry leader commits a mistake. A life of your own theme. A life about you. A life of your own movie.

Realize this. No matter who the leader is. No matter what the leader’s style is. No matter how inspiring or boring your pastor’s sermon  is. No matter how stouthearted or complacent the members are. No matter how the prayer meeting goes. No matter how lifeless is the ministry is. Someone holds your life together, and please do not overlook Him– Jesus, the bread of life.

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