A New Life

Ripening Plums (Photo by Susanne Schuberth)

Ripening Plums (Photo by Susanne Schuberth)

Hell-bent in search of excellence
A certain guy, let’s call him Lance
Decided to sit on the fence
He did not want to fail his fans

Once someone has been on the top
He is afraid to be a flop
And clutches at a straw to prop
The set of lies he cannot stop

Not only men like that do fear
To always drive in bottom gear
Because of public in the rear
Which focuses so close and near

On every fault, deficiency
On words that might give currency
To rumor, gossip… men fancy
That famous people ought to be

Much better than the average man
Although our Lord did all He can
To make us see, we’re all the same
Whether unknown or shot to fame

Our faith in Him does not belong
With worldly stuff, though that is strong
Even the Church is often wrong
About His teaching and His song

Which wrote His type called Solomon
This book that should sound on and on
In our souls and hearts that won
Our gracious Lord, His Christ, The Son

Even if men don’t know God’s word
It is not false, it’s not absurd
To say that God will clear the blurred
That people in the Church have heard

In closing, I would only tell
I’d love to jolt and ring the bell
Like once that woman at the well
Who overcome with joy did sell

Her past life and her present tense
Crying against all common sense
“No more will I sit on the fence
A new life is what will commence!”

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4 thoughts on “A New Life

  1. Michael

    Very good, Susanne!!! This is one of your best poems so far. I can feel the Spirit in these words as well as the truth about this world and its endless carrots that we ignorantly chase. The rise to the top whether it is gaining a following in the churches or in this world.. it is all vanity and finally the vexation of spirit that Solomon spoke of can be so great that those who have reached “the top” are so empty that they take their own lives. The solution that God has given is to lose our soul lives and their drives and embrace Jesus’ cross that He has called us to, let it do its killing work in our fallen souls and to arise in HIS newness of life in the Spirit of God, We starve out that old Adam by neglect and arise again in the newness of the love and life of Christ. Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts with us, my dear sister. .

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    1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

      Oh, thanks so much for your encouraging words, my dear friend! BTW, love your “chasing carrots” image. 🙂

      I do agree that all these things are vanity. But how could he who is in such an exposed and famous position ever free himself from wanting the applause of man?

      We need the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts – the Spirit who fills us with God’s love to brim so that the world, fame, riches, and all fleshly desires lose their appeal. What we need is being under HIS spell – only.

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  2. Michael

    As I read your response to mine, I was reminded of the story of the rich, young ruler of the Jews. Jesus gave him the call to be His disciple and this man went away sad BECAUSE HE HAD MUCH. How many today are still called with that same call and then they turn away for the same reason from giving their WHOLE heart to Jesus as their only Lord over their lives?

    Riches come in many forms and they can ALL be deceitful in their power over us. There are those rich in fame, in fortunes, in innate powers of the soul that they can get others to do what they want, rich in personal charisma, rich in power projected over the opposite sex to get what they are after, etc. We use these things because they make us “rich” and powerful. We prefer them over the way of the cross that seems to offer just the opposite… a way of suffering and death to our soulish power and riches. One has to really WANT Jesus for who He is more than the temporal comforts our riches can bring. Jesus put it this way, “He who finds his life (Grk – psuche – soul life or psyche) will lose it. But he who loses his life (psuche) for my sake and the kingdoms sake will find it.” Only as we let the cross kill that unregenerate thing in us that uses our souls for its gain will He be allowed to raise up in us the spiritual identity that HE wants. “Many [like the rich young ruler] are called, but few are chosen.” It is OUR choices that have a great deal to do with our being chosen.

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    1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

      Thanks again for another God-breathed comment, Michael. Actually, your words inspired me to write a rather long reply. To be honest with you, I have been thinking about the terms being “called” and “chosen” for a long time now. Already many years ago, I heard people say that they were called by Jesus

      (1) due to the testimony of other people or
      (2) because they were listening to a preacher’s sermon or
      (3) since they felt God speaking to their own heart

      And I have been wondering what the Bible really means by being “called”

      (I) as a disciple of Jesus, for example:

      “And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.” (Mk 1:17-20 ESV)

      (II) or as a disciple with an apostolic ministry:

      “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.” (Mk 3:13-15 ESV)

      In these cases above we see that Jesus called His disciples personally. And He did not change that way of acting. Even today, He draws believers closer and closer until they can hear His voice for real, calling them, “Come, follow me!”

      Also, the rich ruler would hear that call at the end of his dialogue with Jesus (Lk 18:22). But his problem was that he wanted to follow Jesus as he saw fit. He was convinced that he had kept the commandments on his own and thus he thought following Jesus were as “easy” as not stealing, not killing, or not committing adultery for instance. What the rich ruler did neglect then was that God sees the covetous heart first, not the deeds springing from the hidden evil. And God saw that the ruler loved riches more than anything. Therefore Jesus confronted him with something the rich man could NOT do on his own. That was the reason why he eventually left Jesus so sad. He could not yet grasp that it is God’s Spirit power ALONE which sets us free to do anything God wants from us, as we saw it regarding those 12 disciples and apostles in the Scriptures quoted above. Jesus called them to Himself, was with them, taught them what they needed to know, and finally would give them the (spiritual) power to preach and to cast out demons.

      Or to put it the other way round, “If there is no power, then there was no call by Jesus before.”
      In fact, even the “bad boys” hear the call and receive the power to do supernatural works, as we can see in Judas Iscariot’s case or there,

      “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Mt 7:22-23 ESV)

      I believe that those who are finally chosen – the royal priesthood – are those who reveal themselves to be faithful and obedient toward God. Not that they could ever do so on their own, however, they rely solely on God’s power (Mt 5:3) which changes their hearts as God sees fit. They “know” God and He “knows” them – which is the mystery of divine love that can be revealed in Christ alone (Col 2:2-3).

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