Saturday, August 17, 2013

What matters is eternal

This evening, while I was struggling though the second half of my 8.6km run, this phrase suddenly dawned on me:

Whatever that may happen in this liefetime is temporal, because we have an assured eternity. With that, why not give thanks to God whatever circumstances we may be in because it is no longer significant compared to our eternal future.

Leading on, my mind was flooded with thoughts of his goodness, wonders and grace, despite the fact that I am a mere being in the whole universe (Psalm 8). Overwhelmed my his wonders, I instinctively batantly lifted up my hands to praise Him. Surprising, amid the fatigue of the run, I found myself running faster as if there was a fresh burst of energy. All the tiring feelings seems to dissappeared. The remaining of the run was completed with ease.

Yes, it is indeed a praiseworthy incident, thanking Him for the strength and inspiration.

However, what inspired me further was awestrucked. I suddenly saw the parallel to the incident which apostle Paul literated in this second letter to the Corithians when he was tormented by the thorn in flesh. In response to his 3 plead to the Lord for removal of the thorns, Paul was 'merely' told that God's grace is sufficient for him. Apparently, the pain was not removed. With that, Paul's focus was directed to a more important perspective, of seeing God's wonders. With that, the pain was no longer significant to him, giving him the ability to move forward.

The above is not a passage for us to endure pain or sufferings, instead it is a passage for the shift of paradigm; for us to direct our focus on what seems more significant than what we have to go through this lifetime.

Instead of simply just thanking God for the strength to complete the run, afterall it is good to thank him, I would like to thank Him for the realigning of focus. As a rational person, the muscles would have been definitely tired from the run. Hence, I believe that it was the re-alignment of focus which infused a fresh wave of motivation filled with joy, thus randering all fatigues insignificant. God really does work and answer prayers in inexpected ways.

Before the start of the run, I 'foolishly' prayed for God's protection and strength that I could finish the run well and safely. Convinently, I added the following: let this also be an opportunity for a realignment of focus to Him. Intially, my intention of the 2nd part was meant as a 'retorical prayer' because 'turning my eyes to Jesus' is more of an action to execute than a prayer. Thus, it was really an unexpected prayer answered.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Recently, someone I know was lamenting about the apparent poverty he has to endure because his parents 'sacrificed financially' for the cause of Christ, resulting in the children having to suffer monetarily. What was relavent was the remark which he made: When things goes well, they thanked God, and when situation was unfavourable, they still thanked God believing that situation will get better. It seems like a conspiracy theology for Christians to feel better in bad situations while still blindly trust in God. Instead, if he happens to read this, how about seeing it this way:

Whatever that may happen in this liefetime is temporal, because we have an assured eternity. With that, why not give thanks to God whatever circumstances we may be in because it is no longer significant compared to our eternal future.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Pain & Suffering

Some say it is ILLUSION
Some say it is FATE
Instead, we can face it with the GRACE AND POWER OF GOD!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peter, do you AGAPE me??

John 21:15-23 speaks of Jesus asking Simon Peter THRICE: 'Do you love me?' with Peter answering back 'I love you'. Each time Jesus asked the same question, Peter got more hurt, or maybe guilty, especially when he had just denied Jesus THRICE a while ago.
Many people crossed referenced this passage to that of Peter's denial of Jesus in John 18 and that the above event is a symbolic restoration of Peter. The NIV bible even titled this passage 'Jesus Reinstates Peter'. However, if we read into the original Greek version of this passage, the idea is more than this simple restoration Jesus did on Peter. 
Before proceeding further, it is important to note that the Gospel of John was originally written in Greek. And in the Greek language, there are 4 different words for love, which are:
Agape: Unconditional love (often referred to the highest order of love)
Eros: Romantic love
Philia: Friendship/brotherly love (lesser form of love in comparison of Agape)
Storge: Natural blood-ties affection
During translation of the bible to English, all these Greek words for love were either substitute with words of similar ideas or just with the word LOVE. As a result, the original essence may be lost lost through translation. As such, we shall re-examine John 21:15-23 with the with the Greek's word for love:
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, " Simon Peter do you AGAPE me?"
"Yes LORD," he said you know that I PHILIA you"......
Again Jesus said, " Simon son of John, do you AGAPE me?
He answered, "Yes, LORD, you know that I PHILIA you"......
The third time he said to him," Simon son of John, do you PHILIA me?....
(Peter finally answered,) "LORD, you know all things; you know that I PHILIA you."
From the above passage, Jesus was in fact asking if Peter love him with the highest and purest form of love, just as he had loved the world. However, Peter knew of his inadequacy of love, coupled to the fact that he had just denied Christ 3 times. He could only love God just like a loyal friend or brother. Hence, he did not even answer to the question.
The following chart illustrates the imbalance of love between God and man(Peter).  
Imagine in today's context of the passage, if Jesus is to appear and ask:
'My child, do you AGAPE me?'.
We will most probably answer:
'LORD I hope to AGAPE you.' (not answering to question)
And again if he ask the second time, we may subconsciously be reactive and react like Peter and answer:
' LORD, you know my heart, you know that I desire to love you!!' (not answering to question again......)
If there is a love test towards God, I believe that none of us can profess that we AGAPE God the way he has loved us. This truly reflects our inadequacy to God's standard of LOVE! We seriously has a balancing issue with God, the love balancing beam is well tilted to the extreme.
However, in the passage, the third time Jesus questioned Peter, he finally brought down his standard, asking PHILA instead. This is significant because it strongly indicated that Jesus was accepting Peter's PHILIA, knowing he could not AGAPE.

Finally, Peter managed answered to the question. 

God does not expect us to come to him with this highest form of love. He knows that we cannot achieve it. Instead, the loving God is willing to accept the love at our level. Recently, a Christian told me this: " I want to be a Christian, but I am not sure if I am up to it." Of cause, all of us are not of the 'STANDARDS' to be Christian!
All God is asking is for us to come to Him, despite of how unworthy we may be. Because he will come down to our level....

To be continued.....
So how did Peter turn out in the end?...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rivers of Babylon

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.. When the wicked carried us away in captivity, Required from us a song.... Now how can we sing the LORD's song in a strange land...... Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in thy sight here tonight.. LORD, my ROCK and my Redeemer.... (From the lyrics of Rivers of Babylon) Psalm 137 & Psalm 19:14

Monday, March 08, 2010

In this fallen world

In this world thats fallen..
help me be firm for you...
That I may shine for you..

There are times where I may fall..
Teach me to run to you..
instead of being far from you...

Thank you for blessing me...
with things which I may still not appreciate...
But I know that you want the best for me!!

Why am I so downcast.. my soul...
from the burdens of this world..
pressing down so hard on me...

My LORD...
it is you who approach me..
in such a time as this....
reminding me that you are still here..
that you still cares for me...

Now i stand in awe of you..
For your wonderful hand...
and how you are always here...

True you are to your word..
that you will never leave me...
nor forsake me.

And I will praise your name...
and lift your name up high...
for you are ever faithful.....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Content of the new book.. Chronicle of the dynasty

Content:
1. Rise of a new empire
2. Banishment of royal princess by empress dowager
2. A new concubine
3. Breaking down of the imperial household
4. Leech infested village of bitterness
5. Imperial household re-established
6. Presentation of the crown prince to the royal courts
7. Crown prince goes to the mountains to seek wisdom
8. Defecto kingdom established.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Praise the LORD!!
for He is worthy to be Praise!!
He lifts the spirit of the burdened!!
Praise the LORD!!
for He is in-charge!!

First Love

Light the candle, stir the flame,
lets the sword of your word stir my heart again,
Holy Spirit, move in me,
draw me close to your heart where i need to be...

First Love,
Jesus my saviour, my one's desire is to love you more!
First Love,
Lord make me faithful...
I want you always to be...
My first Love.....

(Lyrics of the song.. First love)
Why am I going around looking for people to talk to? Someone is always there waiting for me...