Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Journey: World System: Puzzle

Partnership concept

In our World, we are all actors. Some of us are scientists, accountants or bloggers. We all have a role to play for each of us, in this society and our world. Whether you are rich or poor, popular or unpopular, a winner or a loser, having a successful life or a life of disease, we all have to “act” through them. We cannot escape our destinies, we must be a part of the puzzle that forms the whole complete puzzle. If you do not fulfill your destinies, the pizza will be lacking a part of it, and thus this puzzle will not be considered complete. This is how our real world works, and everyone is working in this system. Inside the system, we all have to adjust to the game plan of the system, as we mature. We all have to find a job, or find ways to make money. We have to get married and have children, just to continue our normal and sociable lifestyle. We have to make plans for retirement and have to find money to cater to our health expenses. The above acts, are acts of most of us normal people. We cannot escape from this system, or else we will be considered as incapable, and lose or social and worldly status.

Does it makes any difference to us believing in God, or being a Christian? To a certain extent, we are still in the system of the world, but the difference is we now have a director in our life, which is God. Upon the first moment after we choose to believe in God, we are then welcomed to the Holy Family. And our life will be forever transformed. We don’t work for our life anymore, we will depend on God’s provision. Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

And we do not have to worry about our health issue, or to struggle for every extra dime to pay for our healthcare expenses. We just have to believe in Jesus who can perform a miracle for an incurable disease. Matthew 9:20-22

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”

Here you see, we are still in the worldly system, working hard every day and spending weekends in malls with our family, but we no longer work for ourselves and just play with our kids, but we work for God, and engage with our kids to make them God believers. We are depending on God to give us provision, in contrast to us believing that we can make money by our hands to an enjoyable life. What we Christians are now doing is to work for God, inside this system. We have to remind ourselves that we do not work for God in order to get our interests met, or to seek rewards that come with our hard work, but we believe in seeking the kingdom and the righteousness of God, and the faith that He will give us the daily bread, through our job, in this system. This is the main difference that we are different from the 70% of non-believers of God in the worldly system. Although there are a lot of people who practise doing good but do not believe in God, what they are lacking is having a director who oversees and directs their way of lives, so their lives can be made happier and with purpose. I will further elaborate the definition of directing in my next blog post.

Besides, the difference between being a puzzle of a God believer and a non-God believer is that believing in God gives us light, and will lead us to a more happier and purposeful life. I call this “Light Puzzle”. Not only will this light lead us when we are in daytime doing things, it will also act as a shinning tower to give us direction in the dark. What I am trying to say is that this light from God will guide us, and lead us to the straight path that will lead us to Him, heaven and eternal life. And not only can we have a meaningful life, we will then act as a “Light Puzzle” that we enlighten and encourage people to seek the truth, and then ultimately believe in God themselves. Just imagine that it is not only a complete puzzle, but some of them are now given the light, which makes the complete puzzle a better one and the world a better place. You have light when you believe, and will lead people to have the light also. Win-win situation? Yes, it is.

The Journey: Solution, World System 19.5.2018

Male and female hikers climbing up mountain cliff and one of them giving helping hand.

Today I am going to describe how the World and its underlying education system have failed some of our students and teenagers, who are supposed to be our future leaders. Please read Proverbs 3:6

“in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This passage talks about the need for us, whether I am a primary or secondary school student, a 20’s something up to the day before we die, we need to follow Jesus’ teachings, follow the ten commandments, and his new Commandment of “Love, service, and sacrifice for one another”, then God will make our path straight. “Straight path” means going the right way, making the right decisions that please God, and the path will lead us to God, heaven and eternal life. And it is a straight path, with fewer chances to be led astray by other people.

Speaking of being led astray or misled, I feel sorrow and empathy to those teenagers who are between the age of 10 to 20’s. At this time period, they are starting to experience, see and feel the world, but given that their Biblical foundations are normally not strong enough, they are very vulnerable to the trap of Satan, and in our world from those evil individuals. The situation is even worse for those extra talented good kids, who are most susceptible to the evil deeds of the dark side. The dark side and the evil one will use all of their available armies and resources to attack these innocent kids, and since these kids normally have not heard of the Bible, or believe in Jesus, how do they get themselves to put on the whole “armour of God”, Ephesians 6:10-18, to defend themselves, and just by themselves?

And because our Education system is like the teens spend around 6 hours at school, who they associate with will probably decide their journey when they finish college. And because they spend so much time in school, they do have fewer opportunities to read the Bible, and so these kids are seriously tilted towards the worldly knowledge. After finishing school at 3pm and then doing 1-2 hours of classwork, they usually have no further time to study the Bible, given they have to do attend extra tuition classes like language or art, or do some sports. And given that most Moms and Dads have work to do, and they have to attend to their problems after work, such as studying and cooking, they have fewer time to communicate with their child. In this way, when the child has a problem, a religious problem, under the current worldly and education system, the answer for them will probably be from their friends. Do you expect an 11-year-old kid can and wise enough to solve a problem that involves difficult concepts? And will the child be misled by some other evil people who take pride to cheat others and laugh away after their “teaching” or “consultation”? They need your help, all your help, and this is the time we can do something extra to have a debate on how to change the world.

After talking with a few teachers, I can propose a fix, a serious one. People talk about fixing the system, but I think, for the time being, we can only improve the system. In Hong Kong, our Education Bureau had just recently announced the arrangement of “one school social worker for each school” policy in primary schools. The proposal is to make it mandatory to have one social worker to cater to the needs and problems of those school’s students that they are responsible. This is certainly a big improvement in the student-counselor relationship, but it is still a far cry from solving the real situations of the students: they need one on one consultation from Christians who know the implications and teaching of the Bible. In the current state, there are around 30% of our population who are Christians, normal Christians who go to church regularly and who may or may not know the Bible main messages or focus. And probably only 5% of our population regularly read the Bible and are ready to teach the younger people about the Bible. So you see only 5% of our population can give a special counseling to the 11% of the population who are young kids. So currently the ratio is 1 to 2. The maximum solution is to have 1 Christian for 2 kids.

As a result, if we want to help our next generation to become God-fearer and to save them from the onslaught from the attack of the evil one, our most immediate solution is to encourage and motivate more mature people to read and learn from the Bible, to the ultimate state that they can teach others. And when time comes and everything points to the possibility and probability of a fixation, we can then change the system gradually to have a one on one teaching, in terms of teaching the good news from God to these kids. I think this is the only solution to help these potentially troubled kids, but which means that every Christian is not only a Bible reader in their lives anymore but become a preacher and counselor to every child on earth, whether this is paid or voluntary. If every one of us takes the extra step to spend some 30 minutes each day on these teenagers, we can change the world to the better, and our actions will please and glorify God and He will make our path straight.

However, such vision or act is just like an umbrella to solve the problems of these troubled kids. If they require special consultation, they probably need specially trained counselor to solve their problems, and it is probably too much of a high order to expect the preaching of the good news can solve every problem, such as the provision of food, or the pressure from school and friends. But since God willed the city of Nineveh to be preached to turn from non-believers to believers in God, by the act of only one person Jonah, we Christians have to believe ourselves and God. We just have to try our best and hopefully, when the time comes, the solution will be presented, in time.

The Journey: Support Work 15.5.2018

Full time service concept

Having made the “give all” decision, and not regretting a single moment for the last few days, today I did have a change of heart. My heart for Jesus and God does not change, and will never change, but there are the priorities and the view of what is more important, to me and those close to me.

If you have read another blog post of mine, The Journey: Love Support 6.5.2018, you can see that I had experienced a kind of “SUPPORT” from God, I firmly believe, from time to time. The SUPPORT happened most of the time when I was under big and sometimes huge pressure, which enabled me to change from a mental abyss to a mental summit, and gave me energy and enthusiasm to work even better during my work times. Today morning we had a meeting, which talked about our new accounting system. And being one of the team members who was responsible for typing in the data, I was then to give a demonstration of the typing in procedures in front of about seven colleagues. I was very weak, in the past, to give a public demonstration, and today I was supposed to give an English presentation, which usually frightened me a lot. However, when I thought of the way Peter and other Apostles gave speeches in the past, I today got the confidence and indeed the power to give the presentation in a way that far exceeded my previous expectation. And I was amazed at the way, the flow and the tenacity of my speech that I knew that my speech was “given” with the help of God. It was He who enabled me to make the speech in a flawless way, He helped me and was with me.

Reflecting on this speech afterward, I realized of an important finding of the SUPPORT. The SUPPORT happened was, I firmly believe, in fact, a “time” in which I was supposed to do God’s work. So that every time when I have the SUPPORT, whether it is when I am working, walking in the street, taking a shower, or accompanying my wife to sleep, it is a time I have to work for God. My understanding is, this Godly given power, is given to me so that I have to perform for God at that particular moment. So having realized this, I now come to the conclusion that I have a role to do, on earth, to work for God at particular moments. I may need to work better when I have the SUPPORT at work, or I have to talk to my wife with more dedication when I have the SUPPORT while accompanying her to sleep. I am now 24 hours on alert to work for Him, based on the timing of the SUPPORT that He gives me. My rationale is, the SUPPORT does not happen and given to me randomly, but a Godly lifting to me so that I can, at those time, be better at work, or give a speech, for example. Either it is only a help, or a wake-up call to my thinkings at those times, or I have to work for Him, and I choose to believe in the latter, as today’s SUPPORT for my speech was thus a work for God, on earth.

Because of this blessing and mercy, my second thought is it is more important for me to work for God, because working for Him on earth will affect many lives on earth, rather than give away my everything, to show my love to Him, in one go. At this moment, it is my working age, my responsibility is to work with all of my focus, and my giving all can be deferred at a later time, when I have fully retired from working on earth for God. I know that I have never a moment of doubt of my decision to give all, but currently is not the right time to do such a thing. But God, I love you with all my heart, soul and mind, and I know that performing your will is more important, presently, than I give everything to you. I promise I will do my best since you give me mercy and the gift to work for you on earth, and I will not disappoint you. Again thanks for everything.

The Journey: Give All Decision Part One

Donate Word Wall

We all have personal needs and responsibilities. By talking about needs it means that we have to have a job, or ways to find money and income. We have to find a shelter in the form of housing to stay, and need to have adequate education to our siblings and considerations for our retired parents as well. This is probably a normal duty to each one of us, we just have to do it to sustain our lives. The worldly thinking is that not only we need to sustain our lives, we desire to earn and make more money, to satisfy our ego and our fleshly desire. We need to find ways to gain more power and status, that is the norm. And this is wrong, and not a choice we can make. Please read Matthew 6:24

“You cannot serve both God and money”

Again, we have to take a stand: Either God or money. In this way, our main duty to God is to make a living to provide our own necessary needs and then, using our gifts, which are from God, to better use them to fulfill our responsibilities to our society, our church and anyone that we can be of help. Many people may think that, well, I have done my part, I have a decent job, and have enough provisions for my immediate families, go to church regularly, and donate to some charities, what more should I do? Please understand the concept of “gifts”: If you have them, you are required to use them to do good. Again, this is not a choice. I will talk about the parable of the bags of gold in Matthew 25:14-30 tomorrow to further illustrate this point. For the time being, just note the needs that everyone has to earn enough money and the responsibilities that one has to perform.

I was talking to one of my aunties today regarding my “Give all decision” made three days ago, and we had a long talk on this one. Please refer to my previous blog post on this decision: The Journey: Give All Decision 10.5.2018, If I give up all of my belongings, including all my wealth away, how am I supposed to fulfill my daily needs, and further about responsibilities for anyone? You can, by believing this: Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well

You don’t need to worry or be afraid, even if you are temporary jobless or bankrupt, just have faith that when you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, what you will eat, drink and wear will be given to you. So cheer up, and to those who worry or have doubts of their uncertain future, please don’t worry, God will give you provisions, you just have to have faith and to do what the Bible teaches. And how the Bible teaches us about daily provisions? By praying to God daily. Please see Matthew 6:11-13 on how we should pray, and note that we should ask Him to give us our daily bread:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

I had made a decision of quitting a job with a bright prospect and to give up all my current wealth away, to show God how I love him that much. This is a pure decision, and a 10 seconds one which will make my whole life blessed and happy. Most people will say, well, I am forgoing all my wealth that I had accumulated all my life, will I be happy? My answer is there is a big difference between loving worldly wealth and loving God. Once you are in a loving relationship with God, nothing, and I mean nothing will it matter to you anymore. I am saying this based on my personal experience and I think there are many in this world will claim that the “Love of God” is more important than your wealth. I am asking you to give it a try, try to establish a loving relationship with God, and you will feel the total difference. The important step is to step up on the path that God has planned for you.

Having said this, after I made this decision, I have never a doubt that I can still survive in the future, as long as I seek His kingdom and righteousness and pray regularly, I have complete faith that all will be given to me. I am not worried, because I believe. Once I believe, I will start reading the Bible, follow Jesus’s teaching and humbly walk with God. Having made the sacrifice, I firmly believe I will have a bright prospect and a good future in my road ahead. My needs will be catered, from God, and my gift, which is to write this blog, will be further polished and improved, in the coming days, to faithfully work with God on earth, for spreading the Good news, as my main responsibility. Are you impressed? Read my previous blog post on The Journey: Give All Decision 10.5.2018 and think for yourself. Don’t first think of the returns and costs, and think “purely”, is your choice based on the love of God? Is your relationship with Him bigger than any other considerations?

The Journey: Love or Hate 12.5.2018

Words Love and Hate on contrast background

Having made the “Give it all” decision two days ago, I can proudly say that I am now a person in love, with God. As we have looked into Mark 12:41-44, the widow gave away everything, her only two very small copper coins, to the church. I am not trying to boast her or my generosity, because it was stated in Matthew 6:2-4

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

After all, I am trying to share with you all the great love that we should give to God, and my example is a once in a lifetime sacrificial giving all to God, to show Him how I love Him that much. The majority of the people may say, well, I go to church regularly, read the Bible daily and give to the church or the needy at times, why do I have to go to the extreme and give everything to God? I don’t know whether you should or not, but it is my choice. And mind you, after I make this Bold and Loving choice, I feel the love and become emotional every time I think of this. And this occasion becomes a celebratory moment privately between me and God. You cannot imagine how blessed I am, and how happy I will be, I firmly believe.

Having talked about “The Love”, I now turned to the opposite, “Hate”. Hate is actually a normal human emotion and sometimes you cannot escape it. This morning I went with my family to Megabox to have breakfast, and during all these time I was always in a loving mode, so to speak. The loving mode is a mental state in which I felt happy, grateful, and loving. I enjoyed these times of love and hoped that it would continue throughout the day. Unfortunately, this did not prove to be the case. For some 10 minutes, I had a sudden surge of hatred rising from my heart. I cannot control it, and it destroyed my whole loving mode. And it damaged my spiritual direction as well. See 1 John 2:11

But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

As the Scripture says, if you hate a brother or a sister, you are in the darkness. And the darkness has blinded you and you were walking without spiritual direction. Imagine you have been misled alone, and again, to a forest or a desert, with no one to guide you out, what can you do? Even if you choose a direction and walk along, you might be going nowhere. Having a parent who holds your hand to walk is the same as we humbly walking with God, He will allow you to choose your direction of life, whether it is right or wrong, he will oversee it, and will not stop reminding you when you have chosen the wrong path or direction. His best plan is to lead you to eternal life, by sending Jesus to die for us to forgive our sins and giving you the Bible. When you read the Bible, not only will you change your way of life, but you will know the direction of life which will lead you to God. Hating someone will put yourself in a situation that you will waste your time walking along the wrong path, like alone in a desert or forest, and leads you nowhere. You will be walking the bright path when you are in love, or the dark path when you have hate. The choice is yours, “Love or Hate”?

The Journey: Children 11.5.2018

Little boy reading a book under big linden tree

Today was a normal working day, except the unexpected, and the unfortunate thing had happened, once again. This morning and afternoon, while I was working, I was facing some of the biggest pressure for quite some time. The pressure was so huge, and so colossal to the extent that it was like I was at the bottom of a mountain, with the water flowing down from a fountain, except that the water was not of the light type which nourished our skin, but of a dark type which was like many knives hitting me all at the same time. What can I do? Though I was sitting in a comfortable chair, I simply cannot work. I got up, walked around, didn’t help. I tried to eat something, didn’t help either. I went to the toilet, didn’t help again. What could I do? All I could do is to believe and to rely on God. And I knew God was with me, and my faith was strong that I knew He would do something for me. On three occasions, He gave me a SUPPORT, to sustain me, to help me to change my mind from a mental abyss to a strong mental summit, giving me energy and enthusiasm to continue working and most importantly, gave me a shield of force that dissipated these destructive dark power.

Today’s happenings reminded me of a child, an innocent and gifted child who is sitting under a tree, waiting for his parents to come and teach him things, with the Bible. And guess what, some evil people having climbed up the trees, throw a basket of water to the head of the child, and made him cry out for help, and these people, having seen this incident, run away and laughing all the way. They did not know that they had committed a big sin. Please look at Matthew 18:3

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

This is simply self-explanatory, you have to change to become little children.

And again please look at Matthew 18:6

If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

What the Bible says is please don’t trick small children, or else you pay the price of being drowned in the depths of the sea.

Going back to my happenings today, it was God that had rescued me, through a mental miracle, to allow me to continue my working with power and energy. And because I believe in Him, I no longer afraid of those evil people or any evil or dark force, which may be from Satan, that are around me, because I know God is with me, and their petty little tricks will not harm me anymore and I really believe God will take care of me. For us, Christians, even we are of minority status, we do not need to be afraid of Satan and the evil people, if we believe in God, and follow the ways of Jesus Christ, we will prevail, and will lead a difficult but fruitful and rewarding life.

 

 

The Journey: Give All Decision 10.5.2018

Mug  on wooden table valentine's day holiday background.

Can you do anything, sacrificing everything, just for Love? Do you want to have a pure relationship with God? Read on Mark 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

From this story, we saw that the widow put in two coins, which was her everything, into the temple treasury. Jesus said that she did this “out of poverty”, or a hope that such an act would give her life above the poverty line. Regardless of other motives of her, she had already shown us what is true love. The love that is unconditional, not thinking of personal interests, and a sacrificial love that can only be made probably once in a lifetime. By saying this is once in a lifetime, I mean when you have accumulated a certain amount of money and wealth, are you willing to give them all away, as a demonstration of your love to God? I mean, are you prepared to risk your comfort zone, your worldly status, and power, and give everything of yours away for God, just to show Him how you love Him, and how you do it in one go?

Today was a normal working day, in which I was relatively busy in the morning. I ate some noodles for lunch and then slept for a while in office. Then in the afternoon while I was working, I started to think of one of my friends, an elder of a Christian Church who had been studying Bible with me once a week. He had an eventful life: He once was an entrepreneur and had studied a Theology degree. He just told me last week that He had a new job, and only 2 days ago I knew that his new job was a security guard working from 8am to 8pm. I then had this thought, am I willing to forego my comfort zone, my current job as an Accountant Assistant, to follow Jesus to do God’s will? Please read Matthew 8:18-20

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

By following Jesus, we can expect to be homeless, even Jesus as the Son of Man had no place to lay his head. And when Jesus chose His 12 apostles, He sent them out and told them to take with them only the basic things, and not to be tempted by making money from performing miracles or healing. And He again warned them that they may need to walk the cross, following the example of Jesus, and had to suffer and be persecuted for God’s sake. So it is a difficult life if we follow Jesus and went through the narrow road. I could not be an apostle and work for God spreading the Bible, but how can I love God? And in what way? Please read Matthew 22:37

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”

Going back to my afternoon today, after having read the above Scriptures, I then had a thought hanging on my mind, “Now is the time to give everything to God, now is the perfect time for me to forgo my job and probably lose everything I may have, just to show God that I love Him so much.” I wasn’t thinking about what rewards I will have in the Kingdom of God, I wasn’t thinking about whether I will have provisions or savings  for my future life, I wasn’t thinking about whether I will have to continue my life as a poor man, the only thing I am thinking is: “Now is the right time, and once in a lifetime opportunity to show God that I can sacrifice everything, for LOVE“. This particular instinct of mine had given me the perfect timing, and I knew that if I didn’t do it today, I may have lost such opportunity and may never come up again. I then made the DECISION, which will give myself a lifetime of pride and happiness, after only one minute’s thought. And for the next 30 minutes, I was thinking the same thing and I told myself, that’s it, I am not going to change my mind again. I am going to do it. I am willing to do it if it means giving everything away.

The proudest thing of my life is this, today. I did not think for myself, I wasn’t thinking about worldly possessions and wealth, all I am thinking is the “Love”, the Pure love that I have with God, without considering anything, or everything that might affect myself. And I made a “Pure” decision, and one in which I will never regret, and act as an anniversary celebratory moment, privately between me and God, on this day: 10.5.2018. My “Time” is today. When’s yours?