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Sunday, July 10

.the meaning of it all. (or: 'why i'm blogging')

.for some time, i've had a love-hate relationship with the idea of writing. i've desired to start doing it for quite a while, but have wrestled with the whole "time-intensiveness" and "costliness" of it. well, now i have virtually no excuse. thanks to the internet and no-cost web log publishing, it's now possible for even me to do it. what's more important, however, is that i think i have a burden to "put forth" for the Benefit of others. the thought is both frightful and thrilling. anyway, on to today's propounding...

.a confluence of factors ~ both easy and hard to articulate ~ have compelled me to proclaim the answer to the age-old question, 'what, exactly, is the meaning of life?' the answer is actually extremely simple, though it is consistently spurned by the fallen natural mind. to introduce the answer, i'll offer the following:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

~ Paul's Letter to the early Colossian Pilgrims (ch. 1:16-30)
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Nothing maketh a death-bed so uneasy and hard, as a life spent in the service of sin and lust; nothing maketh a death-bed so soft and sweet, as a life spent in the service of God and Christ.

~ Matthew Mead (1629 - 1699)

.the purpose of all life, my friend ~ both immediately and ultimately ~ is the worship and exaltation of the preeminent, most high King of kings! consequently, to the Professing Pilgrim, I offer this challenge (you who are not Pilgrims will find a challenge here, as well):

What an entire resignation wicked men make of themselves to their lusts! and shall we not do so to the Lord Christ? They give up themselves without reserve to the pleasures of sin; and shall we have our reserves in the service of God? They are altogether sinners; and shall not we be altogether saints? They run, and faint not, in the service of their lusts; and shall we faint and not run, in the service of Christ? Shall the servants of corruption have their ears bored to the door-posts of sin, in token of an entire and perpetual service; and shall we not give up ourselves to the Lord Christ, to be His for ever? Shall others make "a covenant with hell and death;" and shall we not "join ourselves to God in an everlasting covenant that cannot be forgotten?" Shall they make more pains to damn their souls, than we do to save ours? and make more speed to a place of vengeance, than we do to a crown of righteousness? Which do you judge best, to be saved everlastingly, or perish everlastingly? Which do you count the better master, God or the devil? Christ or your lusts? I know you will determine it on Christ's side. O then! when others serve their lusts with all their hearts, do you serve Christ with all your hearts. If the hearts of the sons of men be fully set in them to do evil, then much more let the hearts of the sons of God be fully set in them to do good.

~ Matthew Mead, The Almost Christian Exposed

.be fore-warned, with this blog, my intention is not to utter gripings, drivelings or milk-toast philosophizing. rather, i seek:

1) for Pilgrims, to help remind them of their rightful heritage, and;
2) for the rest, to provoke, if possible, the moment of their conversion...

~ be Watchful, and so be Well

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