An amazing tribute to the Beastie Boys & the late MCA. Well done, shot for shot remake of an incredible music video that was created by MCA himself.
During Life Group last night, one of the questions asked something to the effect of why we want to go to heaven. And we got to talking about it, and Piper’s book called “God is the Gospel” came up – he talks a lot about this it the book.
So, I ask “you” – Why do you want to go to heaven? Is it to see family members? Eat? Play football?
This paragraph pretty much sums up the book & what our motivation for getting to heaven ought to be:
WOULD YOU BE HAPPY IN HEAVEN IF GOD
WERE NOT THERE?
My point in this book is that all the saving events and all the saving blessings of the gospel are means of getting obstacles out of the way so that we might know and enjoy God most fully. Propitiation, redemption, forgiveness, imputation, sanctification, liberation, heal- ing, heaven—none of these is good news except for one reason: they bring us to God for our everlasting enjoyment of him. If we believe all these things have happened to us, but do not embrace them for the sake of getting to God, they have not happened to us. Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above see- ing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.
Met a guy today that was tough-as-nails – at least he cursed like he was. He just might be a contender for “The Most Creative Use of the F-Word” award. It was amazing to say the least.
Then he mentions how his son died four years ago. That can change some things…
I started wondering how I would be if my life wasn’t as protected as it has been. I mean, I’ve only experienced the death of my grandma on my mom’s side & while that was hard at the time & we miss her, we were not surprised when the cancer finally won.
But, what if something like one of my beautiful, precious, amazing sons were to die? Who’s to say that I wouldn’t grow cold, and hardened after having to witness such an event? Maybe I’d be the guy throwing F-bombs like Jules Winfield in Pulp Fiction?
I dunno. It’s hard to say. But, I’d like to think that IF something dreadful like that was to happen that my trust in a God that is ultimately good & works ALL THINGS for my good & His glory might win out over my fleshly desires to punish myself & turn from God. I’d like to think that the network of deep friendships & church family wouldn’t allow me to fall through the cracks like that & that they’d point me to the all-satisfying, all-loving Father who’s marked out the breaths for everyone, no matter how young or old.
I’d like to think that I wouldn’t become that hardened, angry, tough-as-nails guy I met today. I’d like to.