I am always looking of new ways of expressing my faith but more importantly how to share my faith to those who the cross is foolishness to them.
I thought some time back when I used to know a friend who would always be just a bit short on paying bills and he used a pawn shop to come up with the additional monies needed to pay his bills. I remember how difficult it was for him. I remember sometimes driving him down to the pawnshop to deal with this matter.
I have to explain the idea of a pawnshop but really it is a place that takes collateral for the cost of an item that you may own. The collateral is kept till the loan is paid off in the deadline which is commonly 30 days. Usually the amount owed is 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of the item being pawned. So an item that cost $100 could loan you $50. etc.. sometimes amount may vary depending on relationship.
It became ever clearer to me this year that we in this world (some Christians included) are constantly pawning off things in our lives to get by. We give our money to commercialism in hopes it will make us happy. We hand over our hearts to other people in hopes they will not crush us. We take our intelligence and give it over to Corporations only to have our ideas taken from us. We hand in our spiritual gifting and exchange them for a counterfeit of "spirits" and horoscopes etc.. We loan all of this in hopes that in return we will receive our just rewards. We actually believe that we are going to get back what we paid for them. We are assured that when we return before the deadline that our merchandise will be there as long as we paid of the amount owed which is most circumstances is true. We barely get by giving a minimum of what we have hoping to get a maximum return from a cheating world. Does this sound logical to you?
It is enough just to get by? I must regret that getting by is simply not a way of life. It really is clearly more a way to death. To get by is clearly like the walking dead. Zombies anyone?
I am no diamond of success just yet but I clearly see that in HEAVEN there are no pawnshops.
There is no need when you are Kingdom minded to loan out precious things to get a minimal return.
No in this case here is the best way to understand it. Our father loaned us all that we own. When the owner of the ticket picks up this merchandise from this dismal world. It will be worth even more than what it was before. There will be no need for a trade. There will be no need for a ticket. This plane has no wings. It will be the father coming back to redeem all that is owned to him. Never does an owner owe anyone for he owns the merchandise. He does however since he owns all things has given us the right to loan all that he has.
We must understand that we cannot stand on our own in reality..sure we can go on living how we choose when we want to but in the end...you will not redeemed you will sit dust...scratched and hurt. Damaged merchandise for the world takes no prisoners. You cannot be redeemed for you are not owned by the right ticket holder. That merchandise will be destroyed.
There is a great hope though that if you so choose to belong to that ticket holder that you can too be redeemed and really is a matter of saying "Yes...I belong to him".
Redemption is clearly a powerful and real thing. We choose to accept it when it comes to the world and the worlds systems. It makes sense when it is money and trade. However for those from which the cross is foolishness I ask this question. Why is the very reality that you accept daily so different simply because you choose to accept that this is not a choice. It is more intellectually stimulating. It is more powerful that I might as a person with a mind think this. I will look and if I shall not find then my journey is over. But what logical sense does it make to discount a fact of life, a logical explanation, a scientific proven method of barter and trade and then discount it just because you agree that it is incorrect. Not on a proven test as all science commits to but on sheer preference.
Science is truly a great way to test and sometimes prove. Logic is indeed a very useful tool. but in the end when it proves your methods inappropriate will you accept it yourself. You deny your own methods on personal belief. This is intellectual suicide.
I know because I have experienced but I know this is not scientific method. But yes it is. For all tests are merely a result of a experience. Tested over again if the same result then indeed I have found something worth receiving as fact.
I want to be placed in the shelf to be redeemed. I don't want to sit dusty, scratched and without value. I want to get back the same I put in and even more. This is a great investment. The biggest one you are ever going to make. Your soul is the greatest thing you have. Will you ignore that is time to turn in your chips. Your ownership is no longer your own for if it was. You would owe the amount to be paid before the deadline. I am glad I don't own that ticket.
I am also quite pleased that since all that is owned is owned by that one with that ticket that he is the owner of all things so has no need to barter again for me or anyone else for that matter.
There is indeed no pawnshops in heaven. I wonder if that means I should really see If I can
Get a good hunk of change for my Taylor 410 before the deadline since there will be no need for it and well perhaps some more gifted angels in heaven playing ragtime.
..I wonder if they take requests?