I saw this beautiful picture from the internet and decided to keep it for myself. I like it because it challenges me, i am a person who like big things and therefore i tend to take for granted things i consider little. For example when i started having bible studies with a student at Wits University, i regarded that task as a little thing, and hence did not put much effort in terms of prayer and faith that God could work mightily. Jesus once said, if one cannot be trusted with little how can they be trusted with much. My psychology works like this, if someone gave me one cent or two cents to keep safeguard for them, i would not really take them serious as compared to if they gave me 1Mil dollars to keep. Jesus though he was sent by God, came from above, could raise the dead to life, saw and experienced God’s holiness, yet he came down to live among mankind he came to save mankind from their fundamental problem of sin (rebellion against God) through laying down his own life for sinners. Though sometimes he would preach before crowds yet we also find him expression great compassion to individuals, though he had limited time in his human body on earth yet he served each person one by one…if i was in his shoes i don’t think i would have had time for one person i would be anxious to only speak to crowds so i could reach more people with the good news, i would consider only reaching one person a little thing considering the limited time Jesus had…so indeed God works through little things…out of the twelve disciples Jesus chose the world today is growing in the knowledge of God.
like Batman said in the movie Dark Knight Returns, “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”
This video caught my attention, i just like the way Francis Chan is so literal with the bible. I have been bothered with the current Sunday messages i have been hearing at my church. I have been complaining within my heart, comparing the messages with what i hear else where, hoping that the Sunday messages would get more deeper and be filled with power. However from listening to this video i realize that i am the one who has to repent. I have not been praying for the Sunday messages and even when i do get the chance to, this video made me realize i was not really praying by faith. I was just praying out of a routine as a Christian who should pray for Sunday messengers. This video reminds me of the things i have been asking myself.
1. How come the disciples in the bible are filled with power and a sacrificial spirit to do the work of God. It seems like they have something i do not have, as if they have seem something i have not seem.
2. I do think that i believe what the bible teaches, however how come i i feel so lazy and without zeal to present the gospel to others.
3. So i think my sin is more zealous, i am loosing trust in what the bible is teaching.
Anyways, this video really talks some sense to me. I just love it when i listen to something or someone and they just make the bible exciting and an up to date living book. It looks like there is great fear among believers, a form of distrust in God and this is revealed through the messages and our everyday lives. Many of us find it difficult or hard to testify the gospel to others. The very gospel i testify to have revealed the salvation work of God to save sinners like myself. The gospel which Paul taught that it was the very power of God to save. However apostle Paul did not trust in his human abilities or strength(not even the fears he felt) “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Firstly, the apostle believed in prayer, not in his strength or placed confidence in the future ministry based on the success of the spiritual victories in his past. When he prayed he believed that God could indeed grant him boldness and a fearlessness to preach the gospel. And the fact that he even mentions fear also alludes to what he himself could have been experiencing when he had to preach the gospel. Yet he put all his trust in God, he understood what needed to be done, he also understood that the power was all from God. Secondly, (this one i struggle from the most) he also believed in the power of the prayer of the believers, hence his prayer request is directed towards the believers. The unity of the believers is power for when they pray together they can unleash and extend the evangelistic work of God across the globe. The apostle had that faith. This video is just nice…