Clarity Of Our World Through God's Eyes

The tale of God and humanity is a multifaceted one, However, what intrigues me the most are stories which exemplify His humility and love, which overcomes pride and hate in man. Our story with God is constantly rooted in being selfless, as a child .The workings of God are bound by principles: principles stipulated by Himself, to guard and guide; principles binding for all ages. As He has said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word shall not pass away”. Oh what humility for a King and Creator to be subject to laws He crafted! Pride however, has separated God’s people from Him, through humility and submission to the influence of the Spirit of truth – the Holy Spirit – the only way to reconcile themselves back to God. (Matt. 18:3-4).
In as much as God has the power to give us the perfect life He wants for us [even in this corrupt world,] the earth is presently an eternity away from His definition of perfection.
The world we see today has become such a lesson ground for humans, that it is almost impossible for many to leave the earth without some scar of bitterness or contempt. In several ways from the smallest of things that exist, to the biggest, God’s wisdom has shown to us how unfit our world is in attaining that undying hunger for a perfect life. The fight and test of this world is that of love. God seeks to know how noble you are in making the right decisions despite the odds. What matters most to God is us fostering an unending love in our hearts, from which He hopes to direct us, in our everyday lives. For every option in life for decision making, their is the greatest that can set you free or their is the option that superseds all other options, this i have discovered in jesus teaching. From Jesus’ teachings in parables and biblical events, we discover man’s shortcoming as regards effective followership and service to God. Let's look at Exodus 16:1-15. Examining the story of the Israelites, we understand that God tested them, so as to have them seek him directly; confide in him for their needs: they however choose to murmur against his servant. God however, creatively teaches from generation to generation, his ways, using similar stories. They sought food, and forgot to seek who gives food.
John 6:1-15 talks about how Jesus fed five thousand men: they seeing this sign were pleased, and wanted more. Reading to verse 24, you discover how Jesus left them, and they came seeking for Jesus again. He said to them: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, you seek me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labour for the FOOD which PERISHES but that which endures forever”. Again Jesus emphasizes on the importance of the real focus in the world. Would you rather you went to hell with full stomachs, or to heaven, though with an empty stomach, but live forever?!

With parables, God has spoken to us through the Word [Jesus Christ] and unveiled the hidden truth that we are blind to, about this corrupt world. (Matt 13:35, 13:1-52 NKJV).
        Matthew 13:35 KJVS
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
        
We will be looking at some of the greatest parables, and some scriptural teachings of Jesus, to understand how our Father wants us to perceive the earth – one unfit for perfect living, in achieving greatness with Him. First, with great wisdom from the Creator, He says to us: I will bless, I will do all things, I will protect you, I will give you rest, I will give you riches & wealth etc. but in parables. He reveals an everlasting blessing; feast, wine, riches & mansions, peace and no more sicknesses, only if you love Him, and walk righteously. In God’s eye, an ideal, PERFECT man fit for his kingdom, is one that desires not this world; giving up everything just for his Creator and his kingdom. (Matt. 19:16-29).

                Matthew 19:16-29 KJVS
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? [17] And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is , God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. [18] He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, [19] Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [20] The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? [21] Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. [22] But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. [23] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. [24] And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. [25] When his disciples heard it , they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? [26] But Jesus beheld them , and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. [27] Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? [28] And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [29] And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

 The first time I discovered this from the Spirit of God through a book I read, I was as sorrowful as the man in the chapter. I embraced this truth with bitterness and tears, because I then figured how difficult it would be for a soul to be converted to God. (Matt. 10:34-39).
         
               Matthew 10:32-39 KJVS
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. [33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. [34] Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. [37] He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [38] And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. [39] He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

 Jesus knew how difficult it would be for you to come to that understanding that your family and every other normal activity you have come to know on earth would be abandoned. How your family would react, how the world would react, to your reformed reasoning through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 19:16 is a testament to the truth revealed by the Holy Spirit to me. This chapter teaches us how our Creator wants us to see through wisdom, what matters most. Also, how through these occurrences in the scripture, we ought to be able to make our own decisions, in choosing His kingdom above all things. (Matt. 6:19-21, 6:25-34).
                Matthew 6:19-21 KJVS
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
             
               Matthew 6:25-34 KJVS
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? [26] Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? [27] Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [28] And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: [29] And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? [31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? [32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. [33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Parable 1: The invitation to Gods kingdom. (Matt. 22:1-19)
God narrated His story to us from this parable, how they ignored his invitation because of their businesses, livelihood, etc. and how the wicked killed his servant that He had sent to invite into his kingdom. We have a responsibility that each person has to answer the call of God. We need not forget that God makes the invitation to everyone; He did not send his Son for a chosen few, but loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). His invitation is to whomever desires to come. Once you accept the invite, you then discover that He chose you first.

Parable 2: This parable, I classify as the greatest parable revealed through Jesus Christ, of how unsuitable the earth is for a perfect life. (Matt. 13:44-46, Luke 21:1-4). Matthew 13:44-46 KJVS
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. [45] Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: [46] Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. The keyword is "gave all that they had," because they by God’s wisdom, have seen that which is of greater value. The widow offered all she had in faith. To them, life is meaningless here on earth, compared to God's kingdom. They thus seek for a life beyond this present time of pain and sorrow. Only the Spirit of God can enlighten you into understanding that your present luxury and wealth can be laid down for the sake of the sick, hungry, poor etc. so as to enjoy perpetual goodness in all forms with God – the Creator of all things – in the end. (Matt. 13:1-23, 22:37-40, 16:24-27). The hidden nature of the kingdom of God is yet to be revealed to many. (Matt. 10:34-39).

Parable 3: The second greatest parable as I term it, is in Luke 14. Summarily, this parable shows us the request from God – Matt. 16:24-27 – Matthew 16:24-28 KJVS
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. [26] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? [27] For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. [28] Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. To deny one’s self and take up their cross (embrace suffering and death on earth). One needs to realise how valuable our soul is, and how losing it to hell would be a great loss. Jesus was talking to his disciples, and to generations yet unborn, so we can fully grasp how pertinent it is to seek God, and his kingdom. (1 Peter 4:12-19). To deny yourself means to deny self-life; to give up on selfishness and pride, and to humble one’s self before God, and others. Jesus demonstrated this so clearly, as Paul describes in Phil 2:1-17. To take up your cross is to lay down your own ambitions to do His will. It is a full surrender of your life to His course. (John 12:25, 21:15-19, Matt. 6:25).
Let's look at the parable of Jesus from Luke 14:15-24. In the beginning of this chapter, Jesus explains how humility rules over pride. “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (James 4:6). In our world today, the world honors the aggressive, the goal-getter, and the self-made. If you want to be exalted, learn to be abased. Jesus expresses this to us on the cross in Phil 2:5-11. Luke 14:12-14 also explained Jesus’ teaching to us, on who we should invite to dine: “…for every good deed done to the lowly shall be rewarded by God not man, because he does the work of God.”

The Parable of the Great supper
Another of God’s narrative of His invitation, and how it was ignored by the people he bid to come. We see that it was the lowly whom acknowledged the invitation; the ones in need, the ones who emptied themselves. Here comes the sad part: the Lord then says none of those men which were bidden shall taste of His supper. What men? The one who valued his land more, the animal farmer who valued his herd, the new wife owner who valued his wife more.
Jesus Christ is the word of God in flesh; the way and the TRUTH. If you follow the Truth (Jesus Christ), the mystery will be revealed to you. You would understand that Jesus was saying to the crowd that attaining heaven is by the pure sacrifice of all things.
                 
Luke 14:25-33 KJVS
And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, [26] If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it ? [29] Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it , all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? [32] Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. [33] So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

By the time you sit down and calculate the odds ,you would tear ,with hate for your own existence here on earth, you would hate your father ,mother then if your now married, more accountability to wife ,children ,limitation to serve God in totality for fear of displeasing your family over God, responsibility of attaining heaven alongside with your brothers and sisters.
If you’re unfortunate to have loved ones that are devoid of this truth or knowledge, how would they then accept that you have chosen to be a disciple, and have rejected this present world’s earthly treasures to attain heaven? If you haven't reasoned this, realising the cross you have to bear, you cannot be a follower of Jesus. Further reading sees Jesus cite examples; He said, which of you intending to do a thing, fails to ponder on all he has to go about it, in carrying out his intention. It is a great burden we bear, but fail to see it. (Matt. 5). In Luke 14:33-35, he said thus: “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” He spoke to the multitude! What good is a man without Christ in his everyday life? (Matt. 5:13-14, 22:37, 24:12). Our world hates the truth for no cause. (John 15:18-27). Jesus christ the word of truth in fresh.

John 15:18-27 KJVS
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. [19] If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. [20] Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. [21] But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. [22] If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. [23] He that hateth me hateth my Father also. [24] If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. [25] But this cometh to pass , that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. [26] But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: [27] And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

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