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This Life

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I want so much to be understood, to be counted, to be considered. I want to be remembered. I want to have influence, impact, and to leave a lasting impression. Why? Because of time. I am going to die. My name and my memory are all that will continue posthumously. What about me matters so much that others should remember so that it will enhance their lives beyond the bounds of time? Nothing. Only one thing may overpower the behemoth hands of time: the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Son of God became a man; he lived the life I was meant to live and died the death I was bent to die. He rose from the death of forgetfulness and complete obscurity to the most powerful and infamous place in all of existence. He stands in honor and victory at God’s right hand. His life, death, and resurrection were for the glory of God and for our good. He gave us chronological significance in his very real and very true story of making all things new. Not only will he always be remembered for who he was and what he did, he will be remembered for what he is doing and will do because of who he always will be. So the gospel changes my goal and mission in this life doesn’t it? I’m reminded of what Count Zinzendorf once said of his mission in life: “Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.” If only my life counts for any lasting value from now to the day I die, it is this same endeavor in which I journey, for this is to truly and fully belong to Christ (Gal. 6:14). My death promises nothing in return; his death promises and secures life and relationship with the God of the universe for those who believe in Jesus.

This Life

On Sunday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Monday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Tuesday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Wednesday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Thursday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Friday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
On Saturday, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
For as long as one has breath, preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.


Of the Setting of Goals, There is No End, Actually

When I don’t have a plan to eat healthy foods, I don’t eat healthy foods. You know, the whole fail/plan-plan/fail thing. Nobody wants to do that. But, when I do set specific goals to eat healthy foods, the meticulous thoughts about food and quality of choice in my food tends to increase immensely. So I was thinking, as long as my motivations are founded in ultimate Goodness, that is, for the glory of God, then any goals that I set will necessarily increase the overall value of whatever subject therein. Okay, so if my goal is to play more basketball, then being the dude created in the image of God that I am, I will necessarily think and work hard at my enjoyment, skill and competition in it. I won’t just simply play more basketball. Once I walk onto the court, I’ve already unknowingly set more fine-tuned goals that continue to increase its quality – my overall experience. For instance, I know I didn’t just walk on with everyday shoes. No, I’m wearing Zoom Kobe VIs, and I’m wearing gym clothes, not jeans. I’m measuring up my opponent. I’m taking post, the right position for me with my gorilla-boxing out and rebound instincts. Oh, I’m a brick wall, and you’ll end up on the wrong side when the ball comes down. Moving on. You see, with whatever we care about, we can’t not set goals. And once we set one, several more perfecting, secondary goals follow shortly after.

So what am I saying?

We’re goal setters. We set goals. We’re becomers. We become. But it doesn’t just stop there. We become like there’s no tomorrow. We become like we’ve never became before. If you’re a foodie, to everyone’s annoyance, think of the foodie you’ll become. Your selection process and enjoyment thereof will eventually be out of this world (think how many more times you’ll hyperbolize about food before you die). And so on. But stop and think for a sec.

If you are in Christ, he will perfect you, eventually, to become like him, and your goals will go through a dramatic shift. We will stand face to face with our Chief Good, God himself. He will look on us, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and we will know justice and peace in loving embrace with our Father God. There’ll be no more becoming. What a relief! No more pressure for the indie band on their upcoming sophomore release. “It’s all good” will be “for real.” With no distracting sin, pain, or sadness, we’ll actually be free to image God as he created us to do so. Our goal setting will be hijack proof with no deviation. And, the pinnacle of all our goals will be utter amazement and unimaginable delight in God as we go on through all eternity living it up in the New Earth and the New Heaven.

So for now, in view of eternity, become the becomer you were born to be until Christ forms you to become like he.

By the way, once we reach the other side, being the urbanite that I wish, you can find me in the eternal city, The New Jerusalem, ’cause that’s where it’s at… all the action.