TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where you At (are).


Eric B. & Rakim have a song titled In The Ghetto. The song basically talks about improving self through knowledge and one’s mindset. In the chorus, there are two phrases that became a part of the urban lexicon. Those phrases are expressed as ‘Cause it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at or It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at which is where the the title of the post sprang – TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where you At (are).

Those phrases were interwoven in the conversations and minds of young men and women in 1990 and 1991. It almost became an anthem for those who wanted to escape the stereo-types branded on us by the popular culture. For my peer group, it symbolized that our destiny is not determined by our place of birth, race of birth, or economics of birth. It symbolizes hope to not be confined by life’s traps or humanly created ceilings. Now, I see a greater connection and the TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where you At (are) in Ephesians 1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I urge you to find the TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where You At (are) in Christ Jesus. Read and think through the verses that explain the significance of “in Christ” or “in Him” This is what the Apostle Paul is referencing here in Ephesians. Here, we see what Solomon said in Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? Man fails to be faithful in his pursuit of God or anyone else. However, Deuteronomy 32:4  tells us that “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”

Now, my anthem is the Word of God. The Apostle Paul tells us the TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where You At (are). In Ephesians 1, we see that the only place for us to be considered faithful is In Christ Jesus. In, at or are all describe man’s position. Spiritually, it describes whether one is included in the body or family of God or if one is outside of the body or family of God. Noted commentator, Matthew Henry says, “In Christ Jesus, from whom they derive all their grace and spiritual strength, and in whom their persons, and all that they perform, are made accepted.” Acceptance, value and meaning is what we all aspire.
It is only In Christ Jesus that we have godly acceptance, value and meaning. Now, you have a taste of the TRUTH: It’s Not Where You Are From, but Where You At (are). 
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