Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Heart

A complaining heart is a tired heart. It is a heart either filled with pride or envy. Irrational are the decisions coming from a complaining heart. How is your heart? Is it capable of looking at the other side? Is it still able to see the good?

There are valid complaints for sure, however it is different when we make faultfinding our mantra in life.

by aats

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Posture of the Heart


What is our reason for service? Who is our reason for service? Jesus, we answer right away. However our actions and actuations speaks something else. It is therefore necessary examine ourselves if we are to grow. Communal life is important in achieving this, because we have blind spots. The challenge though is not that we don’t know our blind spots because most of the time we do. Our challenge is to acknowledge it, if we are to grow.

The posture of our heart is very important, because if it is not directed towards Jesus, it is selfish even if it is service.

by aats

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Not Service


It is not service that makes us missionaries. It is not service that makes us SFC, or Mission Volunteers and Fulltime Pastoral Workers for that matter. It is the Lord and his grace. It is Jesus who made us missionaries and by His grace we are still here.

It is important to always be reminded of this truth, because it is so easy to fall into the trap of measuring success with how much service we give. No, this is not what made us missionaries. It is not how much service we give, but rather, how much Jesus we have. Then because we have Jesus, we give Jesus fully in service.

What had been more evident in me: Jesus or service?

by aats

Friday, February 8, 2019

God Almighty




Matthew 14:22-36 tells the story of how Jesus defies the laws of nature by walking on the water. Not only that, he was able to let someone walked on the water as well. Jesus manifested that He is the Almighty God. He can calm down waves and wind, and bring back hope to terrified disciples.

If there is an equation of this gospel reading, it would be like this:

Courage – Fear + Faith = Miracle

The antidote of fear is courage. When the disciples were terrified with fear upon seemingly seeing a ghost, Jesus called out to them saying, “Courage, it is I! Do not be afraid.” Our courage has to be anchored in Christ or else we will just be overcome with fear sooner or later. Courage anchored in Christ enables us to do greater things. Peter, having the courage of Christ and an uncorrupted faith, was able to walk on water. Only when he was not anchored on Christ, and his faith faltered, that he started sinking. The moment he started focusing on the waves and feeling its force, he started to sink.

Miracle is happening already in our midst. We may not recognize it, we are already walking on water, but because we focus on the waves of hurts in our lives we start sinking instead. Let us focus on Christ, He is Almighty, He can perform miracles.

by aats