Friday, 18 November 2016
Ministry takes time, patience and work. Ministry comes from the heart. When Jesus ministers, He took time. He was never in a hurry. He was always on time. He was always in time to do what needs to be done.
Jesus is the most patient man – see how He teaches the multitude that flocks to listen to Him; see how He teaches His followers; see how He teaches His twelve disciples; see how He teaches Peter, James and John; and see how He teaches Judas who betrayed Him.
Jesus sleeps very little. He withdraws to rest… away from everybody, away from the crowds to be alone with The Father. Whenever Jesus stretches out His hand, He stretches out His heart… Jesus is full of compassion.
I am always amazed when I meet a young adult, full of compassion for the poor and needy. I thank God for them. When I was in my twenties and thirties, I was not like these young people that I meet today. My priority was my children - I wanted them to develop a good character, go to good schools, do well in exams, and to do well in the world in the future. I wanted them to experience everything that they wanted to. To do all that, I needed money. I worked hard (but not ‘smart’). Thank God - I did not pursue wealth, power or position through wicked schemes.
When I was retrenched, I had the ‘best’ package (not in monetary terms). I went to a professional firm where they helped me find a new job. It was a painful process because they tried to teach me ‘new’ tricks. They wanted me to say things that I would not say. They wanted me to ‘boast’ and ‘sell’ my past accomplishments. They wanted me to tell my potential employer how good I was and how I can contribute to their business, if they employ me. I could not do what they ‘pressurized’ me to do. I cannot be a different person in front of my potential employer. I told them the truth. That was how I lost the opportunity to become what everybody expected. I ‘gave up’ but I do not regret it though the years that followed were very tough. In the process, God helped me. He has provided for all my needs. Thanks be to God!
When we are doing well, it is difficult to give up a comfortable life-style. It takes time, pain, courage, perseverance and faith to adjust to a simpler life-style. Not just simpler but right now, I am learning to be an UNCOMFORTABLE CHRISTIAN. Our God has a great sense of humour!
Verses in the Bible do not come to life until God puts life into them – Life Application. Luke 9:23 spoke to me:
Dear Father God, we love ourselves too much! We love our ‘face’, our past achievements, accomplishments too much! We think too highly of ourselves! Come and change us Lord! Amen.
As a teenager, I wanted to earn money with MY OWN TWO HANDS. But now I know, God was there for me all the time. I had thought that I’m always right in my thinking, but I know how mistaken I was in many situations. I was full of self-confidence but I LOST IT – and that brought me down to GROUND LEVEL.
It was not easy to start from scratch but it was worth it. My ‘climb’ upwards has to be accelerated because I was already 48 years old! This climb is not up the corporate ladder but a ‘supreme’ climb up a different ladder - up 3 steps, down 1 step (perhaps). It is not without pain and suffering – painful when I'm misunderstood… suffering when I see people heading in the wrong direction…
But I have learned to let go. The word ‘let go’ sounds like ‘give up’ – that I don’t care anymore. That is often the way the world perceives the words – ‘let go.’
No, letting go is letting God… Letting God do what ah? Think about God’s name: I Am. What does He mean when He says His name is “I Am”? Suddenly, I understood what it means when I say, “Let go and let God…”
We do not know what God will do but He will take over. That’s right – let go and let God take over. Hallelujah! I got it!
We must let go so that He can take over. If we do not let go, God will not SNATCH it from our hands. He will graciously let us continue to do what we think is best. But actually what we do is NOT the best. What God will do is the BEST.
However, we do not fold our arms, look away, and become indifferent… No, that’s not what ‘letting go’ means. ‘Letting go and letting God…’ means we pay attention, we work, we watch, we pray, we persevere, we care, we trust, we wait… We let God take over.
It is difficult to trust Someone you cannot see face to face. The devil tells you that you are just imagining that God is there… Don’t listen to the devil. Turn to God and tune your ears (to God Channel) and you will hear… Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
T – turn to God
R – rest in Him
U – undo self
S – silence our thoughts
T – tune in to God Channel through the Word of Christ
Hallelujah! Amen! Thanks be to God!
Lam Yee Ling