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IImagine for a moment Jesus on the cross, an injustice. It looks like Jesus needs help. He needs someone to take him down from the cross, to bind him up. But what about the Roman soldiers? What about the bystanders? Fight them? Kill them? What about their families, their children, their children's children, and all future generations.
The world isn't simple. Solving the world's problems, and solving our own problems isn't as simple as tidying a room, putting the lego in the right boxes, making the bed. The world is a knot. Not a nice, neat, ordered know, but a headphones in your pocket, wires in your bag sort of knot. Everything loops through everything else. It's a knot through time too; our actions affect our children, and our grandchildren. Every sin mixes it up a little further.
You can't unpick a knot by yanking on it, by swinging it about, by getting angry with it. We solve a knot by understanding it, and then, applying exactly the right forces in exactly the right places, in the right order.
Like Jesus on the cross. He looked like he needed help, but actually, it was us who needed help, and he was providing it. Exactly the right action at exactly the right time creates a Church, which inspires the generations. We can't comprehend even a little bit of the puzzle.
So if you're called to do something, don't say "I'll do it tomorrow." It might be the right force but in the wrong place.
Noah got so drunk he passed out in their tent. He lay naked and drunk where his children could find him.
Noah's behaviour was disgraceful, but it was his grandson Canaan who bore the curse for it, and all of Israel: Noah's descendents, who paid the price.
Sin is generational. If you behave disgracefully you are cursing your children, and your children's children, whether you mean to or not. If you sin in secret, you are lying to your family. Secrets and lies divide us, they split families, they are a curse on your children.
You do not belong to yourself.
As a father, you no longer belong to yourself, if you ever did. You are no longer an island. The way you act in public and secret affects you, it affects your children, it affects your relationship with God. Have no secrets.
Being a leader means being a servant to all.
I was offered a contract recently. The pay was excellent and the work easy. Moreover it came at a time of need. This small contract, just one week, would pay our mortgage for the month, and clear an old credit card debt.
I would be able to put food on the table and take time off afterwards to spend with the kids.
There was one problem, the client wanted me to train them up so that they could build an online gambling platform. Online gambling wrecks lives and destroys families.
There are times when sin can look very attractive, when it comes dressed up in respectable clothes. When it looks sweet and desirable. I wanted to take the contract, I wanted to have that easy money. I wanted my credit card paid off. I wanted my family secure and provided for.
And at the time, I was reading this:
Then the lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; It desires to have you, but you must rule over it" - Genesis 4:6-7
I went to pray at a church round the corner from my office (I have to jump over a wall to get there). I asked God if he would give me another contract if I turned this one down. I could feel his amusement as he refused to give me any promises. I knew what the right thing to do was.
I didn't take it. And you know what? We were fine.
Sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
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