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The “Imma Be’s”: Jesus and the Black Eyed Peas

The “Imma Be’s”

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be on the next level

Jesus said: Imma be losing all that I hold dear to embrace Him

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be the flyest chick

Jesus said: Imma be content with who I am, no more no less

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be worldwide international

Jesus said: Imma be having less of me and more of Him and His rule

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be brilliant with my millions

Jesus said: Imma be the proud owner of everything that CAN’T be bought.

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be up in the club doin’ whatever I like

Jesus said: Imma be getting my mind and heart set right

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be livin’ that good life

Jesus said: Imma be hungry for God

 

 

Black Eyed Peas: Imma be loanin’ out a million gettin’ back a trillion

Jesus said: Imma be caring for the needs of others

 

* Jesus said’s from Matthew 5 (the Message)

 

Jesus told His “Imma Be’s” to His followers when He walked the earth.  It was just as rebellious to their culture as it is to ours.  They reveal how counter-culture God’s ideals really are.  Perhaps you know them this way:

 

“The Imma Be…atitudes”

 

Blessed are those who are poor in spirit  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted

 

Blessed are the gentle for they will inherit the earth

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied

 

Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy

 

Blessed are the pure in  heart, for they will see God

 

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called “sons of God”

 

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

Living these “imma be’s” is what the life of a disciple looks like.   It’s the true markings of a culture-rebel.

 

“Human existence cannot derive its ultimate meaning from society, because society itself is in need of meaning” (Abraham Heschel)

 

Our culture’s “matrix’s appeal goes deep and reaches into our secret insecurities, our penchant for greed, our desire for status, and our need for love and freedom.  If we are going to be untamed followers of the wild Lord of our lives, then we are going to have to deal with these dynamics in our culture” (Hirsch)

 

Even though these “attitudes to be” are so radically different than the way society functions, Jesus says  that the one who cultivates these in their lives are “blessed” (happy).  And isn’t that what our world is looking for?  Gratification?  Happiness?  Contentment?   Ironic that what most may label “weak”, “different” is actually what will bring true meaning in the end.

 

 

 

 

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