Ezra 2: Free will offering

 Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site.” Ezra 2:68

I have read this phrase, “free will offering”, and have often wondered what this is all about. Lets look at a quick definition of what it means:

“A term applied to gifts presented out of the benevolence or religious impulse of heart of the giver, and not in fulfillment of any obligation, promise, or vow.” Jewish Encyclopedia

After reading this I thought of the “free will” part of it. CHOOSING. It is our choice to choose to do this. Are we compelled by the spirit? Maybe. Is it out of the emotion we feel during a time of blessing so we choose to give? Maybe. Needless to say, it is going above and beyond what is expected. I don’t think God forces us to give an offering to Him but, it is our CHOICE to do so.

How often are we MOVED to give above and beyond what we do? It doesn’t necessarily mean just in financial giving but, of ourselves as well. Perhaps of our things. I am reminded of the early church. They didn’t just give to support those for temporary needs but they gave above and beyond. Some selling everything they had to meet the long term needs.

I think a big problem many western Christians deal with IS giving. We live in a society were we always want a hand out…or just a hand up(?) We do not always think of others. Our society is “take care of yourself” “satisfy your selfish needs” “if you are not happy…”. It never or hardly ever teaches others to help people. Not like they did in the early church. And often times, when we give we expect something back. Or a tax return.

Just the other day I seen an ad saying that a coffee shop would offer free drinks if you “show kindness” to another person. How sad. We have to be bribed to be kind. I guess it is their sad attempt at “teaching” people how to think of others.

Giving can be difficult when we feel, we have nothing to give. Often I wanted to give extra, above my tithe, but because of my lack of budgeting and over spending(selfishness) I was not able to give. How many people could have been reached if I had not been so stingy and selfish? I didn’t need another dress or another pair of flip flops.

This is how our society thinks though-“Satisfy our fleshly needs(wants)” Then when we hear the Holy Spirit nudging us to give we cling tightly to our purse/wallet. “God I cant…the bills”

If we cant give, with the little that we have, how can we give above and beyond? I think this goes back to wisdom, budgeting, discipline and thinking of others. If we think first with our spirit man we will not be so selfish to go out and waste….or splurge…on things we really don’t need.

Is it wrong to want things? If it becomes so much of an idol in your life…the “I have to have this or else” then, yes it is wrong. It is okay to want things. If you have the means to go out and get it, then I think it is okay. But, again we have to be wise. If we do not have the funds then do not get it. Which this goes into disciplining ourselves and budgeting. I think it is okay to save but, here too, we shouldn’t keep so much to ourselves. What will it do in the end? It will all burn up. Maybe you have extra because God wants to use you to help support a ministry financially. Or maybe you have extra material things because it can be used to help someone who needs that particular thing.

Going back to the Free-Will Offering, how can we give if we horde? How can we give if we have nothing to give? I know some of us might remember this…

 

Deuteronomy 15:10 – “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

Deuteronomy 16:17 – “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.”

Proverbs 21:26 – “The righteous gives and does not hold back.”

Proverbs 22:9 – “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.”

Proverbs 28:27 – “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.”

Malachi 3:10 – “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.'”

Matthew 6:3-4 – “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

Mark 12:41-44 – “And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.'”

Luke 3:11 – “And he would answer and say to them, ‘The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.'”

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

 

It is that season

How often have we come to this time of the year and find ourselves so caught up with life. It is not that we have forgotten that we are a Christian, it is we get so busy we….forget we are a Christian. 

We live like a Christian daily, but we forget to take up our cross sometimes, or we forget to spend time with God, maybe it is we forget to share Christ with someone. 

There are springs sports, fellowships, teas, concerts, finals, vacations, work…it all becomes so part of our life…that we seem to miss out on opportunities with God.  

“Oh but I go to bible study, church, I’m on the worship team, I teach class at church, I never forget to do my devotions….etc”. All things we say to “prove” to God we are still thinking of him. But, he knows our heart. He knows we get burnt out. He knows we haven’t spent alone time with him in awhile. Our relationship has went from a flaming torch at Christmas time to a flicker at Easter time. 

Maybe I am the only one that gets the “springtime blues” right around easter(Palm Sunday/Resurrection sunday) 

It seems this holy day rolls around  and then I  start reevaluating my walk with God. I know it should be year around that I am keeping my life in check. But, nevertheless, it comes. And like a refreshing spring rain, that bring growth, so does this season…these holy days. It is like going to church in the middle of the week, it brings a sense of focus again. 

I know we all go through these times. That is why I share it with you. To tell you that you are not alone. 

So as we go through this Easter season once again, let us truly set our minds on Christ and what he has done. Let him reign in your life. Let us surrender every part of our messy days to him. That we are not caught offguard. Let us stand firm in our faith, totally focused on the work he has called us all to do. 

Ezra 1

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. Every survivor, at whatever place he may [a]live, let the men of [b]that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.’” -Ezra 1:1-4

Cyrus

Here we read about King Cyrus. A very notable king indeed. He was picked by God to help Israel rebuild Gods “house in Jerusalem”. He was “set apart” by God. There is something there, that I want to dive into a bit.

Cyrus was not Jewish. In fact he was Persian. God set him apart before he was even born. Lets look into the book of Isaiah:

“who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,”
    and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”’ Isaiah 44:28

A brief history on Cyrus. With a little light research on his youngers years, it is uncertain as to if Cyrus was born to the king and or was part of the aristocracy or if, according to myth, he was put in the care of a Shepard couple. The point is he was not apart of the kingdom till later after Cyrus the 1st died.  Fast forward, he becomes king over all the land. He is considered a great conqueror, in fact some give him the title “Cyrus the Great”. Then we come across this portion of scripture, where God speaks to him and uses him to rebuild Jerusalem.

God chooses who He wants

In a recent conversation, a friend and I had with someone about, whether God “picks and chooses leaders.” We know God is in control. He knows everything after all. And He can choose who He wants to bring His purpose about.

We can do a study of all the Kings, rulers, and judges in scripture and we will find out some were good and some were bad. The point is, that God predestined or chose these leaders for His good purpose. Cyrus was no different.

God had a plan for His people and He used Cyrus to fulfill his plan.  Does every leader have a purpose? For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13:4

Still not convinced? Here is further reading on it,

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1 

“”It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding” Daniel 2:21

For not from the east or from the west
    and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
but it is God who executes judgment,
    putting down one and lifting up another.” Psalm 75:6-7

 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,[b] whether it be to the emperor[c] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” 1 Peter 2:13-14

Then there’s this:

 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above..” John 19:11

God is in-control

God brings those in authority for our own good. In the book of Judges, God raises men and women up to lead Israel. If you read The book of 1-2 Kings God allows these Kings to be raised up to bring his people back to him. These leaders are raised up for our Good. To lead us to Him(God).

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Romans 13:4-5

Whether our current leaders appear to be good or not, we are to humble ourselves under them. But they are not the ones we are to look to to bring us HOPE or LIFE.  We are to look to God for all things. As long as we live on this sinful broken world, we will have leaders who will fail us. Just remember God never fails and we are to always look to Him.

He is in-control and He knows what He is doing. He is doing it all for our good. That we would run to Him and depend on Him only.

I Still Believe in the the Movement of the Spirit

This is good stuff. Must read

Pursuing Glory

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I came to Christ in the midst of a spiritual revival that was sweeping through sections of the church in the mid-90’s.  I watched my mom get miraculously healed of cancer in front of my eyes and it was shortly after that I gave my life to Christ.  It was during this time that Brownsville, Toronto, and other places were experiencing moves of the Holy Spirit. We treasured that season because we were watching things that happened in the Bible regularly occur before our eyes. For us, this was what Christianity was supposed to be about.

Somewhere around the year 2000 many of those movements faded a bit and it was during this time I started feeling called to church planting.  After college I moved to Kansas City to learn church planting and how to follow the Holy Spirit like I had seen others do.  I got a bit more…

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Some recipe

I love to cook. And I experiment cook just about every time. So no one recipe is the same. I figure I would try to write what I do down. I really don’t care if you take it and get famous off of it..lol.

One thing I love to make is …tacos. Like ..a lot!! My mom makes the best tacos. At least, the best home made soft shells I have ever had! I am still trying to get that recipe down. So I cannot share that with you yet. But, in my love for all things mexican, I have experimented with other dishes. SO my first recipe will be about quesadillas. A recipe the whole family loves.

I may add more recipes to this one. Keeping all the recipes together on this one blog. So feel free to browse back from time to time.

Taco Seasoning

It really depends on how much beef you are making. As well as how much of each seasoning you like. This is for about 5 pound of meat. Easily a table spoon of each.(or less depending on how spicy you like it.)

  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Salt
  • Pepper
    • (This can be to taste. If you add cayenne you may not want to add too much if at all)
  • Cayenne
    • (Again, this too can be to taste depending on how spicy. Other spices like a 5 pepper spice I have used as well)
  • Cilantro
    • (Any green herb like basil or parsley I have used just depending on preference)

 

Po’Man Chicken Quesadilla

Now I have been in a bind a few times, and I know buying chicken can get pricey. SO, I have learned to improvise a bit. Canned chicken (which may be a little cheaper) may not taste as good as fresh chicken but, when doctored up..not too bad.

I take the canned chicken drain the water. Fry it up in the pan. I dice up a small onion, a bell pepper..red or green or both, saute them up in butter. After the veggies are slightly softened I mix with the chicken.

Bacon-fry up chop then add into chicken mix. Put on low heat to stay warm.

NOTE: An optional add..is One can of black beans.

Use a bigger pan for frying. Turn heat to medium heat. Spray the pan with olive oil spray, take a large soft shell place on sprayed pan. Add the chicken/veggie/bacon mixture to the shell. spread around to the edge of shell. Add Sharp Cheddar cheese(enough to cover most of the mixture. Then add the top shell. Spray top shell with olive oil spray.

Fry approximately 1 -2 minutes on one side and about a minute on other side.

Remove from skillet and slice up into slices

Additional Sauces for dipping

  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole

And there you have it. My easy chicken quesadilla

 

 

Becoming Missional by the Power of the Spirit

Spot on!!

Pursuing Glory

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There is a giant market in Christianity in the West for all things “missional.” In fact it’s so large, we’ve started naming things missional that aren’t.  And much of the missional conversation has begun to center around doing good works for our neighbor–caring for the sick, empowering the poor, advocating for those at the margins.

All of this must include sharing the gospel. The missional movement will go completely off track if it abandons the story of Jesus as the way to the Father and the only answer for the human condition. In fact, while good works are important and cannot be ignored, sharing the good news must take priority in our lives. I say this as someone who has taken…

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The legalist, the child and Jesus

At that [a]time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him [b]before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you [c]are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it [d]would be better for him to have a [e]heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Mathew 18:1-6

The legalist:

Ever heard the phrase “some people are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good“? (Oliver Holmes) There are those who have hidden Gods word so deeply into their hearts that they forget about their own relationship with the Lord. I read a tweet that said, “the more “knowledge” we gain about God, the less we potentially seek to feel God…Therefore we encounter Him less”

First, “You must be converted, you must be of another mind, and in another frame and temper, must have other thoughts, both of yourselves and of the kingdom of heaven, before you be fit for a place in it. The pride, ambition, and affectation of honour and dominion, which appear in you, must be repented of, mortified, and reformed, and you must come to yourselves.”-Matthew Henry

A friend of mine had it right, “Legalism is more dangerous than preaching the prosperity gospel”. I know I will get flack for this but, what is being said here is that we get so “by the book” we forget to see the big picture of what God is truly trying to say or do in that passage or that verse. We nit pick it to death and assume “this is what God is saying”. Then we preach it, debate it and tell others they are wrong if they don’t listen to our knowledge of the scriptures. We go from commentator to commentator, seeking mans knowledge on a passage. In the process, we lose who our focus should be, lose our guide and lose who should council us. The one who authored the bible. God himself. I am not saying that the commentators are not hearing from God. But, part of having relationship with God is seeking HIM. Seeking Him about what His word means and what He is trying to say.  Who told us we couldn’t go to God for interpretation of scripture? Satan likes to twist things and man is easily swayed to his forked tongue!

“I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17

The child:

As a child we come to things with eyes wide open. We ask questions. There is an innocents and bluntness when a child ask. Though a child may not be mature enough to fully understand things, they also do not go picking at what was said. They listen and let it sit in.They will ask another question if they feel they didn’t understand or get the answer that makes sense. They accept what is told to them as well. This is where, as an adult, we are always questioning things. Somethings are not meant to be understood. But, God is asking us to “just believe”.

I am reminded of the story of Nicodemus. He was a man who “knew ” God word. He was a pharisee.

Nicodemus said to Him,“How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.  If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? John 3:9-12

As a child, our mind is not clouded with such “deep” things. I suppose. A child does not think “too hard” on things. They take it as it is. Always learning. I think that is where Jesus is saying “come as a child”

Some scripture does not need to be so torn apart. It is what it is. And we are to simply just take what it is saying and apply it. Again, Satan likes to take Gods word and twist it.He likes to get us thinking over it more than what it should be. Then we argue with each other over it and we benefit no one. Then because of our debating, we are not going out and furthering Gods kingdom.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” Hebrews 11:6

Jesus:

He is saying simply come as a child. That is it. Believe in Him. Believe His word. Seek Him not man. Yes, He speaks through man/woman to us. NO question there. But, He wants a personal relationship with us. The more the “things of man” is put into our thinking the further away from God we may go. Even the godliest of men/woman can fail us. Or teach wrong things. No one is perfect. In our flesh, we can compromise or justify things as we teach them. Not that we are purposely trying to mislead someone. The point is, Gods word…on its own can teach us. Only, IF, we are seeking Him as a child does. It is less complicated when we go to the One who created us. After all He knows what He is trying to say to us.

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My point:

I am not saying that all theologians are bad. I am not saying do not trust your pastor or priest. I am simply saying, go to God as a child. Seek Him in spirit and in truth.

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [e]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

What is wrong with us!?

“You stick to your truths, I’ll stick to mine”

I heard this today and I thought to myself, “NO! I want you to know my truth and believe in it, because it will save YOU!!”For far too long Christians have been “turning the other cheek” when it comes to standing up for God, sharing the gospel, and speaking out against sin.

What is wrong with us!?

Why have we become so complacent? Why have we compromised our morals to elect people in charge that do not represent us? I had someone say to me, “I do not vote on the person based on my faith” WHAT!!?? Why not? If we don’t elect leaders that are godly our nation will crumble. If we know anything about scripture, we know that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” Psalms 33:12 It applied for Israel, yes. But, God says that to all. Why wouldn’t he bless those that serve him? That would be inconsistent with his character and his word.

Have you not noticed the rise in teen pregnancies? I have in my small community. Have you not noticed how homosexuality is a normal thing now? Teen and gang crime is higher. Our country has lost its moral compass. If you need sources for any of this…look out your window. Get up from under your rock.

Who is to blame for the moral decline? Spiritually, Satan. Yes. He seeks out whom he can devour. But, in my opinion, it is also the Christians who are to blame. I am too.

We do not teach our daughters to dress modestly. But, it is okay to dress like that because, “we want you to fit in with your peers.” We do not teach our sons to respect women. Or teach our young people to have responsibility for their actions. We don’t offer hope to people like we should. We don’t offer a better way. Because frankly, we are not living the “better way” ourselves.

Yes, we are to be meek, we are to avoid quarrels, live at peace etc. But, we CAN stand up for what is right and godly. In this country we have had the right to do that. Yet, we have failed.  We have remained silent. For what? For the sake of “fitting in”. For not “offending” everyone. The gospel message will offend. Jesus said, For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [m]are perishing…” 1 Corinthians 1:18 We will offend.  “Christians are suppose to love everyone.” Have you heard that one? We are to love, yes…but …we are loving them to HELL! We have to say something if we truly love them and care for their soul.

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Many know this quote well, if you are an informed individual. That is the problem too. Many Christians are NOT informed. Whether in world affairs, politics..or the bible. They just live life unaware of the world around them. “What doesn’t hurt me” “I’ll keep my truth to myself” “I don’t need to share the gospel, God chooses who will get saved or not anyways” They live their quiet lives, not caring that their neighbor is hurting. That their are those who are going to hell because they don’t want to “cause problems”. We will be held accountable for our actions or lack of actions too.

Think about this: “whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:20

What will you do as a christian? Will you continue to sit idly by? Just live life as usual? God has so much more for us! Can’t you feel that He does!? He wants us to make our move. He wants to use us to reach out to others. He created you for such a purpose.

What will you do?

I don’t want to be silent anymore!

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

 

 

 

Moonlight Sonata

“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?”

Psalm 89:5-6

Last night I decided that I needed to go out and enjoy the night. Usually when it gets warmer at nights I will go out and enjoy my Lords presence. I stare at the stars and the moon and think on Him. So last night I did this.

I decided to go out because I felt my heart was racing a bit.(Every once in awhile I get minor heart palpitations) I am not sure if it was a little anxiety or just something wrong with my heart. It has been a bit of a crazy couple weeks. Everyone in the house has been sick and I had a major event I had been planning for. Don’t get me wrong I have people in my life that help me through. They are gems to me. They bring peace to my sanity. But, I knew last night I just needed that moment. No distractions, no phone, no social media…just God.

That morning, in a devotion, I read how Jesus had to have moments alone with the Father to recoup, re-energize, or get restored. We can only receive those things with God. So, I went outside…stood on the back porch….and looked up.

It had been forever, it seemed, since I had gone out into the quiet of the night to just be alone.I looked up and drank in all the stars. I got lost in Him. I noticed the noise of the town but it didn’t seem to distract me. My town is small, there was a bit of a commotion on the busy street that is just a block away. Yet, through the noise I could still hear my Lord whisper, “come away with me”.

A flock of geese went flying by. The lights of the town on their bellies.(“wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings”– from, My Favorite Things) Even in the darkness they still flew together. Tight in more of a “u” shape then a “v” but still together. I could hear them honk and I said “it is the nature that I can see you and praise you”.

Songs of worship started flooding in. Quietly I stood there and whisperly began to sing to my Creator.

The stars seemed so bright. Brighter than they usually are during the summer nights. I suppose because the atmosphere is thinner this time of the year. But, it helped me reflect on him even more. I thought of a video by Francis Chan, showing his congregation how small we really are in comparison with the Universe. And yet, God loves us anyways. We are a vapor. How small one can feel when looking into the deep dark spans of the night sky. It is a humbling moment. Every time.

I thought of songs lyrics like, “Lord, you are, more beautiful than diamonds and nothing I desire compare with you”, ” This is my desire to honor you,Lord with all my heart, I worship you”, “when the music fades and all is stripped away and I simply come”,  and this song popped into my head,

Need You Now. By Plumb (video)

Though that song is an intense song. This is a song of someone one in a desperate situation. I wasn’t really feeling desperate last night, I just needed a desperate moment with my Savior. Through this moment I stood there, I found peace. A calm. “Rest in me” are His whispers. My heart calmed down. I stood there listening and enjoying Him.

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I wanted to share this moment with you to encourage you. Take time to be with God. We can get so busy with life we forget to take those quiet moments just the two of us. Sit in your car quietly, on the porch, go to the lake or park, whatever is your place of solitude. Reflect on Him. Don’t read. Just talk to him. Take him in.

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy” Psalms 19:1-5

 

Will you take me as I am?

Narrator:

Would who she was,
who she really was, be enough?
There was no magic
to help her this time.
This is perhaps the greatest risk
that any of us will take.
To be seen as we truly are.

Prince:

Who are you?

Cinderella:

I am Cinderella.
Your Majesty,
I’m no princess.
I have no carriage,
no parents,
and no dowry.
I do not even know
if that beautiful slipper will fit.
But if it does,
will you take me as I am?
An honest country girl who loves you.

Prince: Of course I will.

This beautiful scene from Cinderella (2015) by Disney, Is a story we are all too familiar with. But this last scene, The Prince discovers that Cinderella is not a Princess. But, she is a servant in her own home. But, he doesn’t care. He has seen her heart. He fell in love with who she is, not what she is. This is something that is so powerful and moving, as we parallel this with us, Christians.

He asks us to come as we are. It is his word that says what we are. The Prince, now King, had the authority to decided if she was acceptable or not.

She, Cinderella, came before him humbled, exposed for who she really was, and asked, “will you take me?” Saying essentially, “I am nothing, I have nothing to give to you but all of me”. And he having the power, and knowing her true nature and and her heart, says, “of course I will” in essence saying, “I know you, I know your heart and I know what you say you are. But I accept you because of who I am. I love you no matter what!”

What a beautiful Savior To save a sinner such as I!

As the movie ends, Cinderella having been “forgiven” of her sin from the One she cherished, was able to offer forgiveness to the one that hurt her all those years. Her step mother.

A beautiful thing we see here. Cinderella experienced forgiveness and love for herself and was able to give it to others. That is what we too can experience. We know what Christ has done for us. So, we are able to offer that to others. We know his love and are able to give his love to others.

“And Ella continued to see
the world not as it is,
but as it could be”

-Disney’s Cinderella (2015)

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