SELF-MADE OR GRACE-MADE (PART II)

In the last post, I traced the origin of the self-made mentality to Adam and Eve, the first parents of the human race. The marriage produced Seth after their image and likeness.

Remember God created them in His image and likeness, when they fell, Seth and his off-springs fell with them. Therefore, technically, Adam’s off-springs never experienced the grace of God that Adam and Eve enjoyed before the fall. All they ever knew was the fallen nature of their parents (Adam and Eve).

If we fast forward from Seth’s generation to Noah, we see Noah, his three sons and others surviving the flood because they found grace in God’s sight.

There has to be a remnant that will be preserved for the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan in Jesus.

Genesis 11:1 begins with the story of the tower of Babel. The vision of the builders of this Tower is an embodiment of reckless, self centered, man-made ambition of the first order. Read their vision statement “…Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly”…come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves.

The point is, there is nothing wrong with having a vision of greatness, the problem has always been the motive and the methodology. Don’t forget that in the last blog, I quoted Mathew 4:19 where Jesus promised to make Peter and Andrew if they will follow him. He must have learned this from His heavenly Father because He’s not against us being made, He just wants us to be grace made and not self-made.

God comes down to scatter these builders of Babylon (a type of worldly system of empire building mindset). Babel is the root word for Babylon)

Shem, one of Noah’s sons becomes the progenitor of the generation that finally produces Abraham.

Gen 12:1 begins with the call of Abraham who was then Abram. “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family, And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

It’s not a coincidence that God told Abram to get out of his father’s house and familiar territories. All of us are products of our environment. If you have been used to getting everything in life by self-effort, that’s what you will continue to do. Abram saw self effort in his great grandparents who were products and part of a Babylonian system. He saw the same psychology in his grandparents and parents. Guess what? He will automatically adopt the same way of thinking as a normal way of life. But God had a different plan. He wanted to use Abraham as an old covenant prototype of grace that will for-shadow the future of what life ought to be in Christ. Notice the similarity in the words used by God in Genesis 12:1-3 and the ones Jesus used in Mathew 4:19. Genesis 12:2 says “… I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. And make your name great." “Follow me, and I will make you…” (Mathew 4:19) In other words, having a desire to be a great nation, having a desire to be blessed, and having a great name is not a bad idea but let me be the One that will make you. God seems to be saying. However, Abraham’s mindset of a self made system will be an impediment. So God had to yank him away from that contaminated environment so to speak. Self-made philosophy is a paradigm of narcism. Self made ideology means self consciousness. It means self occupation. It is self absorption. It is self promoting. It is a worship of the human mind and its capacity without God’s grace. It is new age or Babylon, a system or ideology that promotes a grandiose empire building by the emperors at the expense of the masses. Next week, we shall look at how God’s grace made Abraham. It’s grace for life. Receive grace and peace for today in Jesus Mighty Name. Please drop your comments in the box below.

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