This past year was an eventful one.

A lot of things happened including someone breaking into our office and taking off with our laptop computers. This event in particular dealt a blow to my writing spirit a great deal. All the projects I was working on for The Vertical Life were lost.

That said, the positives outweigh the negatives. There were some great articles published on mategyero.com. These articles are ranked according to views, social media shares and engagement.

Let’s jump right in.

  1. Why “Never Put all your Eggs in one Basket” is Really Bad Advice

This is a popular saying, we are always told to secure our lives, and since eggs break and baskets fall, we need to have so many eggs placed in so many baskets so that we will not lose everything.

But have you thought of the Gospel implications of this idea? That is the goal of the article.

Quote from the article:

“Jesus says that eternal life in the age beyond this one is for those who have given up on control and trying to secure their future using their things, like the rich man. When you desire eternal life, you bring nothing and hide behind nothing; you give up on human initiative and stake your life on God’s initiative—which, by-the-way, doesn’t look safe at all in human terms.”

  1. Why Repent when God Forgave us 2000 Years ago?

There are sects everywhere which peddle all kinds of ideas, one of those ideas is that we were forgiven once and for all and so there is no need to repent. The first part of the argument is fine but the second, wait a minute, with the help of a fictional story involving Aine, Louis and Cleo, let’s reflect on it.

Quote from the article:

“How could Aine know that he needed forgiveness if he didn’t say it? How could he show his desperation for forgiveness if he didn’t ask? He had been forgiven seven years earlier but this forgiveness became true for him only when he asked.”

  1. My Dad and the Grace which Runs Deeper than our Sin

This comes off as the most personal article I have written for this website—I reveal way too much. I talk about my final moments with my dad—Mr. Mategyero—and also reflect on the lows and disgusting places Jesus went to as he preached and demonstrated grace.

Quote from the article:

“Jesus comes to that booth—a place of shame—and calls Levi out. He is not afraid to associate with the outcasts that no one wants to be seen talking to. He leans over the booth and whispers to Levi: “Dude, join my team.” Levi is called as a tax collector not as a reformed man. Christ comes to him in his outcastness and treason and calls him without requiring him to first change. He calls him as he is—dirty and ridden with mixture of shame and national ridicule. In the stench of his sin, Jesus touches Levi’s shoulder and calls him to follow Him.”

  1. The Death of Relationships

We tend to think of relationships in terms of the roles each one plays and how the life of any relationship, be it a marriage, depends on how the other party performs their duties. Husband ought to love their wives while wives also are called to submit to their husbands.

It is however disastrous to put expectation and obligation ahead of gratitude in any relationship. Find out more in the article.

Quote from the article:

“What Paul is trying to communicate is that love in any relationship that seeks to see the light of a new day should always be inspired by gratitude, not obligation. Obligation says, “I will love my wife to the degree that she submits to me”, it also says “I will submit to my husband to the degree that he loves me.” But gratitude says: “Because Christ loved and gave Himself for me, I will love my spouse or anyone without expecting reciprocation.”

“True, heartfelt love and acceptance is a “because….therefore…” affair; not an “if…then…” affair. People who expect to give love after the other party has checked off all the boxes on their checklist of demands demonstrate their failure to grasp the gospel. Because at the heart of our longing for love, there is no amount of love from a spouse, children, parent, relative or colleague that will ever fully and finally satisfy our hunger and longing to be loved.”

  1. Sleep Until Something Happens

This is a creative reflection on the biblical event called The Transfiguration. You remember when Jesus and a few disciples were on the mountain and Jesus was praying, and all of a sudden Moses and Elijah show up? Well, the disciples were sleeping, which was a good thing. Find out more in the article

Quote from the article:

“You see, God sends us to sleep for a reason: He can put things right without us. Just like He did to Adam in creating the Woman, God sends us to sleep so that He can do the work. I think that is why he created us last, after the beetles, mice, mosquitoes and chickens. He didn’t need our ideas on giving the mouse a fifth leg so that it can run faster or giving bigger thigh muscles to mosquitoes. He kept us asleep in His plan of creation.”

  1. Why the Gospel Makes so many People Angry

I grew up in church and I know for certain that there are people inside church who detaste a gracious God. They rather hear about how they gave in last Sunday than a sermon on a God who gives gifts to the unqualified. Find out why this article resonated with most of my readers.

Quote from the article:

“The offense of the gospel is that it accepts these riffraff without requiring them to first change. To add salt to injury, the gospel does not ask for a guarantee that they will change after they are accepted. The gospel just opens its doors and lets it the riffraff, the beggars and fools in to eat and drink until they are full, without a coupon. Not just that, it asks them to stay as long as they want because this party is for always.”