Thursday, 18 May 2017
I often ponder over the above verses, seeking to understand what Jesus was saying. One pastor said, “Jesus is referring to how we perceive life. One person paints things darkly while another person paints things brightly. Our choice of gratefulness defines the colors on our palette. One person’s tray holds only grays while another’s bounces with neon colors. We choose how we will paint situations, setbacks, and circumstances.
What colors will you choose?
Typically, we evaluate according to our likes or dislikes (preferences) because that’s what we’re used to. True evaluation uses a different paradigm – one that evaluates according to purpose. Wayne Cordeiro said, “Using this paradigm, we don’t necessary need to enjoy something to consider it a success. Rather, we ask ourselves if something has accomplished what it was supposed to do. True evaluation will factor in the criteria of intentionality. Something is successful (or not) depending on the fulfilment of its design or its faithfulness to a calling.”
At a recent meeting, my spirit was poised to worship God with my whole heart… I heard my sister in Christ behind me sing very loudly, then another on my right was singing very loudly too, then another, then another… At first, I also sang loudly, being inspired by their voices. Then, as I began to sing softly, I realized that it was not entirely our voices! We were surrounded by a host of angels, joining us in joyous worship of our King!
Dear Father God,
We want to worship You with our WHOLE HEART – every day, every hour… Whatever we do, we do it as our worship to You. Whatever we say, we give You praise. We are Your hands and feet. Use us to paint a beautiful picture for everyone around us – a picture that reflects Your compassion and love, joy and peace, patience and kindness, goodness and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Amen!
We can find God’s presence in our lives every day.
Lam Yee Ling