Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (NIV).
The good son.
In one of my posts, I insinuated that I have been a good son to my parents. I would like to clarify that rumor as spot-on. Just as I was writing the first line of this particular post, my daddy called, just to check on me, I mean, which earthly father does that to a bad son?! Allow me to blow my own trumpet now because at the end of this that trumpet will not be mine. In bid to make sure that the rumor am spreading is not false, I passed a paper in class with the cue, “my name is Issa, am sure you know me. Please describe me in one word.”
Here is a list of the adjectives I got in the order they were written; aspirational, spiritual, innovative, happy, joyful, creative, problem solver, ambitious, dedicated, good personality, outgoing, open minded, sweet, awesome friend, sober, confidant, God fearing, last minute guy, works best under pressure, steadfast and focused! Phew! Is that me? Just killed two birds with a single stone. I got information for this post and got to know something about what my classmates think about me.
One of the dogmas I have dropped recently is the notion I had that there things that I could have kept from even if I was not born again. For example imbibing alcohol and taking in a lady to co-habit with in my campus room. With good arguments that alcohol is bitter and expensive and that staying with a lady in my room is expensive, inconveniencing and most of all immoral. What I had not considered is what informed my reasoning. Jesus puts it well that good things that come out are the ones stored in the heart out of which abundance the mouth speaks. May be I was too ambitious or because I had never been a victim of these circumstances that I dint know how they came about.
I remember this day I was seated with a group of men over Christmas and they were taking alcohol. Funny how I could not substantiate my not taking fombe na wazee on any spiritual basis and the only thing that got me safe was my insistence on abstinence. Before you ask what I was doing with them in the first place, let me put it that I don’t avoid people. In that same context, I got a platform to explain how the tabernacle of Moses is relevant in today’s worship. This by the way got me feeling very theologically progressive. And this brings me to the gist of this article.
Exactly what is good?
The Bible pronounces God as good. And we are always implored to imitate Christ. Therefore nothing about me is good if I am to imitate Christ. Good people are imitated, they are not the ones emulating. Simply put, I am a wreck who has merely been gifted.
Ephesians 2:8-9 for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast.
The aspirational, ambitious, creative, problem solving, dedicated, innovative, etc Issa is simply a gifted Issa. And this gift is from God, so that I will not boast. So when I don’t take alcohol or co-habit with a lady in my campus room, it is not about how good I am, it is all based upon the goodness of the Lord, who has gifted me. Look keenly into your life and see what is it that you thing you so good at that you don’t think twice as you do it, it just flows in you. If we make God our standard, we will be able to acknowledge that we are only gifted men.
Ephesians 2:11-13 therefore, remember that formerly you who are gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that is done in the body by the hands of men), remember that at that time you were separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
Without the messiah, we are excluded from God, and ultimately from being good. At this point my trumpet can’t even produce a sound. And yes, my name is Issa am a good man but what I would be without God, only God knows!