NF – Mansion, and the Meaninglessness of Chasing After Wind

It’s interesting what was once considered a mansion. This photo, for me, is a reminder of the ills of the exponentially growing expectation of the American dream. What was once thought a mansion, now looks almost average, and yet depression, chemical dependence (legal and illegal), and violent crime in our nation is not improving. It’s an image of the soul decay of serving at the foot of the idol of earthly riches. NF, the first Christian rapper to be signed by a major record label, Capitol Records, released this album cover today for his début album dropping March 31. You can see the video for the single here.

Great work by NF, presenting the collision of human reality and biblical truth in an unexpected medium.  I have been both of the people represented in the video, at both ends of the spectrum, and found depression at both ends. The answer only came when God opened my eyes to see that no matter what I had, or what I did, I was never going to have peace until I understood my purpose. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” He is what our souls are longing for. Until we understand that, we will continue be people who heap up possessions to fill our emptiness, or be those who are unsatisfied with life or feel insufficient because we can not keep up with the perceived success of others. Both paths lead to the same place.

Ecclesiastes 1:14  I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

 

Matthew 6:19-22  Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

 

Chasing After Wind

A synopsys of The Book of Ecclessiastes:

(1:2) Vanity of vanities…All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? (7:29) …God made man upright, but (men) have sought out many schemes.  (2:11) …I considered all that my hands had done…and behold, all was meaningless and a striving after wind…(2:26) …to the sinner (God) has given the business of gathering and collecting…This also is meaningless and a striving after wind. (1:13) search(ing) out by wisdom all that is done under heaven…is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is meaningless and a striving after wind.  (12:13) The end of the matter…Fear God and keep his commandments…this is the whole duty of man. (2:26) For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy…

Vanity of Vanities?

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. (Ecclesisastes 1:2)

Baptism with style vs. Baptism with heart!!

Ultimately, only The LORD knows the submission of the heart.  I will say though, that for the cost of the wedding baptism cake alone, at least 500+ people could have new ESV Bibles in their hands.  http://www.biblesbythecase.com/9781433528460.html  

$1 ESV Bibles

I am planning a project for distributing $1 Bibles to come later.  Please let me know if you would like to be involved or how you can do this in your area!  Let us be ever mindful to steward what resources we can for the furthering of His Kingdom, for where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also (Luke 12:34).  We should all take an honest evaluation of ourselves and ask: Are we being submissive to our Lord?  Further, are we being good stewards of the abundant resources he has blessed us with?  As my pastor, Mitch Maher says…there are an abundance of places in this world where you could place many of us, and we would have more Biblical knowledge than anyone within 150 miles…maybe 500 miles.  We have resources in abundance.  Just look at what these Russian missionaries are doing with nothing more than a frozen pond and a heart for Jesus.  Amazing.

 Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.