Broken Mindset was made with one goal in mind, that is, to share the things that I learn that would help me to do work in the corporate world excellently. Taking lessons from various sources- but ultimately referring everything back to the word of God.
So, please, allow me to tell you a wonderful love story. In fact this is a story of God and you. It’s called, the Gospel. Read on..
Something out of Nothing
The Bible starts this by showing how God can create a whole universe in a mere 6 days [Genesis 1]. It showed how God can create something out of nothing. Part of this creation is man. As the bible uncovers the story of how man was entrusted with God’s creation it also showed man’s flaws. It showed how he can deliberately disobey God because of his sinful nature. Notice how God looked for Adam and Eve while the two were hiding because of shame. Since then, it has been an almost unending story of how God pursues man. Isn’t this the picture up until now? We are tempted, we follow our heart, we sin and we cover up in shame because of what we did- but this God, He pursues!
The Chosen Stubborn People
The story went on as God chooses Israel to be His people and how He showed them further His power by giving them unending and limitless favors. Favors that would blow Myth Busters away. Astounding miracles after miracles. From the 7 plagues in Egypt [Exodus 7,8,9,10 and 11]; to the parting of the Red Sea [Exodus 14:21-29]; winning impossible battles against superior races and on and on and on. God revealed how He favors His people. But on and on, you will once again see, how His own people would betray Him. They made a covenant [Exodus 24:3] to God, but they simply broke it, over and over again.
Here’s one simple truth: God is holy, man is sinful. There is nothing (not even Plato’s “Man is Good” theory) that can refute that undeniable and proven fact. Let’s not complicate things here, by looking at other people, let us simply look at ourselves versus God’s standards of holiness (yes, the ten commandments, plus the couple dozen more commandments he made in Exodus 21, 22, etc..)- can we actually measure up? Never!
The Temporary Solution
Back then they would offer goats, rams, doves and the whole zoo, just to pay for their sins. That is probably where the word “scapegoat” come from. They would offer sacrifices tantamount to the sin they commit. Human efforts to pacify God’s wrath. His justice.
God saw this problem. He probably realized that it would be an unending loop of sinning and sacrificing until the zoos ran out of animals for offering. Kidding aside, God saw the need for a more permanent solution to man’s sinfulness. Something that would reconcile man and God forever. A sacrifice so pure and blameless that the past, present and future sins of the whole world can be placed on this sacrifice and it would suffice to extinguish the fire of the wrath of God. Perhaps He had always had known this? I’d never know for sure.
Who’s Up For The Challenge
Here’s a bigger problem- no one is pure enough in the whole universe to be this sacrifice. Everyone was with sin [Romans 3:23]. But God, the ever so loving God, was left with no choice, but to send His one and only Son on earth to be 100% human (see His sufferings?) but still remain 100% God (see His miracles? His resurrection?), and be that offering. So this man, later called, Jesus, was born a humble birth, experienced everything that human beings are exposed to. Heat, hunger, pain and most of all, temptation. But He remained pure and without sin [1 Peter 2:22]- for us.
He lived a sinless life, spreading the good news of salvation through Him. But for the covenant to be fulfilled, blood must be shed [Hebrews 9:22] and the curse of God was to be put on Jesus, similar to how high priests of the old testament would put it on the sacrificed animals- and something tells me that when God curses you- it won’t be something you will enjoy. I think God predestined this Jesus to suffer and die in the hands of humans in one of the most painful and humiliating death of all times- a death on the cross for one reason…to reconcile you and me to Him.
So it was, the sinless, servant-leader, Jesus was put to death on a cross. He did it all, because He had you in His mind. So that you <insert your name here> can be reconciled to His father through Him. That the covenant of the law shall be forever broken if you put your faith in Him.
This mission was also because God loved you <insert your name here>. So that we will be forever reconciled to Him by His GRACE (Grace = a gift you DO NOT deserve) through FAITH in His son, the sacrifice, Jesus.
If you believe this with all of your heart then this whole story, the Gospel, becomes a life-changing experience for you. It will change the way you look at your life, your work, the people at work, and most of all, yourself.
Friends, this true-to-life love story of you and God is found in a book- the same book that Broken Mindset takes its principles- hoping that as we know the truth of our unworthiness and His love, we become changed people by His grace and His grace alone.
To end, I’d like to share to you a song, written by Bob Dylan, covered by a pinoy acoustic artist, Johnoy Danao. This song seems to speak of a guy lover trying to make big promises to her girl just so that he could prove his love for her. I want you to listen to the lyrics of the song and read on…
If there is any being in this universe that is qualified to sing that love song to any of us here- that is God. Because God is willing and able to do all of these promises- even more. In fact, He already did one of the greatest things for you- that is, to die for you.While you are still rebelling against Him [Romans 5:8] and as the song says “haven’t made your mind yet”,He still died for you. I believe this love song can never ever fully express how God truly loves us.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. [ 1 John 4:9-10, NLT]
Would you accept this invitation to fall in love with this God and give your life to Him?