Thursday, 14 Sep 2017
I like being busy. It makes me feel important. After a hard day's work, I feel a great sense of self-satisfaction - pat my own shoulders and say to myself, "Well done!" Those were the days...
In those days, if I ask myself, "What have you accomplished?" I would say I did this and I did that... But today, I turned to read what Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 3 from verse 7 to 11:
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
I still do not fully understand the depth of these verses. I must acknowledge that this year's IDMC conference had impacted me. The theme was "Rekindling Your Spiritual Passion". Pastor Edmund Chan: Passion is needed for living the intentional life.
Before I went to the conference, God gave me a word (through a sister-in-Christ). "We must be INTENTIONAL in everything we do." Yes, if we live unintentional lives, our heart will be restless and our soul will be empty. Many people live superficial lives, focused on the external, apart from the deep riches of God.
Expo Hall 1 was filled with more than 5,000 people... It reminded me of the 5,000+ who gathered to listen to Jesus...
Thank God for my mobile phone. I could not write fast and listen attentively at the same time, so I decided to use my phone to take pictures of the slides. Thereafter, I transcribed the words from my phone to my conference book, recalling and reflecting... I intend to apply what I learned to my life. Today is the 12th day after the conference. I have completed my transcription and I decided to write down the pointers that SPOKE TO ME and paste it in front of my desk:
- Have a foundational purpose that grounds you in everything you do. A calling in the midst of many confusions.
- Have functional priority that governs you. A compass in the midst of many compromises.
- Have faithful passion that grows you. A commitment in the midst of many compulsions.
- These words are so beautiful, meaningful and powerful:
- Foundational purpose that grounds;
- Functional priority that governs;
- Faithful passion that grows;
- Calling amidst confusions;
- Compass amidst compromises;
- Commitment amidst compulsions;
- From time to time, we must get away from the world's busyness and sit at Jesus' feet.
Dear Father God,
I pray that every disciple of Jesus Christ finds time to sit at Your feet. I pray that we have ears to hear. I pray that we have hearts that love. I pray that we have teachable spirits. I pray that everything we do pleases You and honours You. My prayer is not that You take us out of the world but that You protect us from the evil one. We are not of the world.
We desire the full measure of Your joy within us. Yes, in Your Presence is fullness of joy. We desire Your Presence with us - at all times! Yes! Your joy is our strength! Amen! Hallelujah!
O Lord, help us to re-focus, re-align, re-engage and rekindle our spiritual passion for You in our lives.
Yes! Father God, help us to return to our first love!
Lam Yee Ling