Get up stand up

There was a song made popular by the most famous of Wailers, and he suggested that people ‘stand up for your rights.’   Bob Marley had a message, and he was admired and despised for his patriotic island evangelism for the working man. People resonated with the reggae master, in the same way Israel Kamakawiwo’ole did, the Hawaiian troubadour.

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There is a tune to the ear that is recognizable, and it is even better when this note has heaven as the origin. It is a cadence of a cause not for your ‘rights,’ but for your goodness, as well as another’s benefit. The treasure is not to be kept in reserve, but to be spread and multiplied. And what is this treasure?

It is the glorified life in jars of clay; it is the divine in the mortal; it is the breath of God in that which was lifeless; it is pure gold, untainted by earth. It is the ability to get up, stand up, and sing a new song.

All things can now be viewed through the Creator and His word. Politics, law, science, faith, crime, righteousness, nature and all that is, from the galaxies above to the dirt below, can now be measured by a sanctified mind.

Paul was given immediate new sight cloaked in blindness, and he said: ‘I could not see for the glory of that light.’  A man bent on destroying others could never utter such a thing, unless…

Blind yes, but not punishing. Saul too beheld His glory, and would soon be a pattern to all who would believe as he heard these words from the source of life in the Hebrew tongue:

But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 

Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Yes, get up, stand up, not for your rights, but to be a vessel of honor, when once all was simply dishonorable. You think haling people into prison because they offend you is a good thing? Ha. These are my people, and they are your people, and they stand not for their rights, but for what is right.

Such is the colored beginning in the life and times of the apostle. His mission as Saul was one of destruction; now He would taste of grace and unfold God’s plan for the ages as the promises of the law, the prophets, and the psalms foretold, but now running not as Saul, but as Paul, now too a sent one, like Peter, James, and John.

The question was asked, and a good one at that: ‘Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ and Paul came to believe that the Messiah was not only the Lord Jesus Christ, but that Jesus of Nazareth was in fact the promised son of God according to the scriptures.

‘Chief of sinners,’ he said of himself, and this was no false humility, but a statement born from the furnace of grace. Paul learned grace was not a leftover scrap of God’s favor, but His benevolent and effulgent light of life springing from eternity, but paid for at the place of the skull.

He learned the treachery of Adam, the weight of a broken law, the strength of sin and the sting of death, and the express freedom and empowerment through the unspeakable gift of God’s grace, given him freely, without a cause. Such was this propeller that drove Paul night and day to minister this inheritance; but to whom? to they who were without God, without hope, aliens from God’s purpose, and strangers to God’s covenants and promises, but now brought nigh.

Now sanctified, set apart to be holy for God, when once he walked according to the course of this world, deceiving and being deceived, as a man bent on fulfilling his fine disobedience, Paul was arrested by the Lord Himself and then asked: ‘who are you?’

When he heard ‘Jesus whom thou persecuted,’ he instinctively knew it was people he was harassing, and he was given a glimpse into the marvellous truth of the body of Christ. Paul never doubted the reliability of the Old Testament scriptures, nor did he question the Creator of all; it was his interpretation that was lacking because of his pride.

When he spoke of his pedigree in Judaism, he said he was blameless in the law. According to the letter, this was true, but he added, ‘the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life,’ and this was all the difference as the light is from darkness. Paul was careful to remember his roots; but being a child of Abraham was not enough, as he stood up insisting on the ‘rightness’ of He who fulfilled the scriptures perfectly by being ultimately crucified on the central tree.  The resurrection of Christ guaranteed God’s seal. Sitting on the right hand of  God confirms all truth.

Paul stood for something he once despised. He rose and stood: resolute, without embarrassment or apology, convicted personally and brought the indictment and the anecdote to all who would listen; truly he stood for what was right.

You and I are also called to stand fast, as there is a great falling, but there is One greater who does the holding; indeed He is much stronger but enjoys our weakness, as an empty vessel has much value before Him. Paul saw himself not in light of others, but like Isaiah, who saw the Lord high and lifted up, with eyes cast on Eden,  and with a heart set on the throne of God, he could say with full confidence: I am not fit to be called an apostle, but by the grace of God.

Let us rise and stand upon our feet, and shrink not from proclaiming this wonderful inheritance, and perchance we may reach them beyond the miles who are considering even now, ‘if these things be so.’

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17 Responses to Get up stand up

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Inspiring sir. what a reminder of our true responsibilities. Thank you

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  2. Excellent, CS!! Indeed, we are to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord!!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I like the word immovable; ‘firmly fixed in place,’ huh.

      Fixed is quite strong, like an anchor of the soul 😉 and God’s word? Yep, forever settled in heaven.

      Good reminder and text betts.

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  3. A wonderful testament to Paul and to brokeness– to the brokeness of Paul, my brokeness, your brokeness. . .the brokeness of all humankind. I claim to be a product of that very Grace and I thank God everyday for that Grace.
    I have always been humbled by Saul of Tarsus and his story.
    His arrogance of his role of paid vigilante, his righteous indignation—if anyone should or could incur God’s wrath, it should have been Saul. . .but No, here was no retribution, no striking dead in an instant—rather there was compassion and love. . .and it proved that this prideful stubborn man had to have something powerful to get his attention. . . God used the gifts he knew were there in Saul since his birth,. . .I’ve often felt that if there was saving grace to be found in the likes of Saul, then there was to be hope yet for me. A story of redemption and transformation. . .

    I wanted to add a snippet taken from a post I did quite a while back where I spoke of the painting by Caravaggio Conversion on the Road to Damascus as I find the painting very powerful. . .

    ” I’ve spent a lifetime looking at the Italian Renaissance masters, passing later on to the Northern Renaissance with the German and Dutch masters. Powerful artists, who not only master body and mass, but capture the epitome of emotion. I can find myself in tears, full of emotion, while staring at various pieces. I love the works of the Italian Caravaggio (see post What is an Icon). Caravaggio’s Conversion of St Paul, or as it is actually known, The Conversion on the Way to Damascus is one such piece.

    The space is tight; the figures juxtaposed with precarious lines of placement and the use of light, crucial light—oh Caravaggio’s use of light…. Critics argue about the use of space with the horse, Paul /Saul, the groomsman, too many legs, not enough focus on Paul, etc. I must disagree with the “critics” as I find it powerful. Very powerful!

    It is my belief that because this is a tremendous moment in time and that it is somewhat crammed into a tight space as the horse seems to precariously control his mighty weight so as to not step on Paul who is splayed out on the ground beneath him, a sword dropped to the ground as the stricken figure of Paul/ Saul lies defenseless on the ground, struck blind…. It is because of all of this and more that seems to make this big moment even bigger. It’s a millimoment in time that is captured and it works, —or at least works for me. I feel overwhelmed and that I’m witnessing something that is shattering time. Oh those Italians—always masters of emotion—the wonderful excess of such.. . ”

    I don’t know if the pasting of the image will show up in this comment section. . . if not, I encourage you to google the painting.
    Caravaggio was quite the scalawag but his piece are full of raw emotion–

    Thank you for this CS. . .
    Blessings—Julie

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    • ColorStorm says:

      No link came through jewels; maybe send it alone?

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      • I saw that—I bet it won’t copy to comments but I’ll send the link to both posts referencing Caravaggio

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Hint, Julie: If you post many images, it might benefit you (started to say, “behoove,” but there are already those here who believe I’m with Satan) to open a Photobucket account – it’s free. When you find an image you want to post somewhere, just click on it, drag it to your desktop and rename it anything you like. Then upload it to Photobucket (there’s an upload button) – once it’s uploaded (a matter of seconds), a box will appear beside the photo, offering you four options – choose “Direct” and a URL will automatically copy to your clipboard. Simply paste it where you want it, and when the comment is published, the image will be there. You’re not actually pasting the image, you’re pasting a URL, telling the server where to go to get the image, and which image to get. Hope that makes sense.

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        • Oooooo, thank you Arch—who ever said this old dog couldn’t learn a new trick!! I will look into this later this afternoon— 🙂

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      • here’s the link to the original post . . . https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/my-secret-german-love/

        and speaking of typos or confusion of words—I will confess that I am the worlds worst. . .despite reading and rereading what I’ve written. I blame two things—the first being that my thoughts race along at a speed so much faster then my fingers type- – -the second being that I have often blamed myself for my son’s learning disability. Such can certainly be genetic–I was never tested, nor diagnosed but I’m pretty certain I have such in my core—-school was never easy as math, spelling, even transposing, with things coming out backwards or missing key letters or words, is all certainly clue enough for me—so to Arch and others who read what I write thinking “didn’t she mean_______, leaving you to fill in the blank with what is correct, I apologize. . .

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Anyway jules, agree that if Saul is reachable, anybody is. It’s all about the grace.

          As to critics of art, never was a fan. There is far more going on as you say to chastise another’s creativity, and usually by someone who doesn’t see the painter’s intent anyway.

          Racing thoughts are fine too, with typos and all; most people can differentiate what you mean, here a misspelled word, there a stray comma, it’s kind of like painting ‘outside the lines, 😉 and that is no worries.

          Paul has occupied the hearts and minds of countless people since his turnabout, sad too the folks who find fault with his new life, and his remarkable testimony to the grace of God.

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        • kind of lets me know that redemption is always possible–even when we sometimes find ourselves a lost cause. . .glorious Grace. . .

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I would never correct you, only Colorstorm – it’s a matter of ego-deflation —

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  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    You think haling people into prison because they offend you is a good thing?” – Did you mean, “hauling”?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Unfortunately arch, hale is the correct word; this straining at a gnat thing though…

      ‘As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.’

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  5. Wonderful words, amen! Often when we stand up we are unaware that there are eyes watching us, others who cannot yet stand. It can mean the whole world to them to see people speaking the truth.

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