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Tools

Will the axe boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it? As if a rod could sway him who lifts it, or a staff him who is not wood! Isaiah 10:15

The main difference with tools and servants is this — one can say no, one can’t. The tools sitting at the garage just wait to be picked up for work and use. The servants in the pew has the power to say to the Master, “I’m a sinner, I’m not good.” “Not now.” or “Not me.” The toolbox occupants are always prepared and ready for the action. Servants have always the option, to go or not. There is a choice to be made by the servant if he or she will allow the Creator to create through him or her. If the servant say’s no, the Master may select another servant to do the work.

The main similarity with tools and servants is this — both can’t claim the glory of the work done. Two of my old uncles were carpenters, but they were not the same creators. With this, they may pick up and utilize the same tools but they may not have the same creation. One does an excellent job, one doesn’t.  Thus, the tools can’t grab the limelight of the work. Yes, they are part of the accomplishment, yet, without the expert guiding hands of the Master, the tools will still be siting in that cold box. Their purpose not fulfilled. Their edges not used. Their skills not displayed.

The lesson you may learn from this is this — be a servant who will trample trunks of challenges and at the same time who will not boast against him who hews you. Be a servant who cuts hearts and minds and who doesn’t exalt himself or herself above the hands who wields it. Be a ready and a willing servant for God’s glory.

 

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Economics of Suffering

Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. Romans 8:18

Did Paul take Economics 101?

It seems. 

He compares our present sufferings with our future glory and he goes with this equation:

Future Glory >>>>>>>>>>>> Present Sufferings.

Further explanation will be that the cost of present suffering is nil when it is put side by side with the cost of the glory that we will behold. 

And since we are in Economics, which is about incentives, the incentive to stick it out with Jesus when we experience sufferings is worth given that present sufferings are temporary while the future glory is eternal, it will never end. 

Jesus explained as Matthews penned, “But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.” Matthew 13:21. Jesus predicted that some seeds among us will fall away when tribulations, persecutions, suffering, or difficulties come. This follower will give up. He will bow out of the race. Maybe he  thought that the present sufferings are worth more than the heavenly glory. 

This man almost fell away. He is a young college graduate who decided to commit the upcoming two years doing unpaid missionary work among college students. His family was not well to do having other seven siblings, a father who maintains a small business in a local city market and a mother who stays at home. Still, the parents allowed him to do God’s work. A few months after doing evangelization in campuses, leading prayer meetings and conducting retreats. his father suffered a massive heart stroke. There was no medical insurance to lean on, if he was working secular now, he can alleviate most of the heavy expenses. Thus, he questioned the wisdom of his decision, he questioned God.

God answered with the verse above. The glory to be revealed by the heavenly Father was significantly worth  more than the suffering the family was having. So, he remained firm by God’s grace. He stuck it out with Jesus until now. He did not fall away.

I know this story is true for I am that man.    

 

 

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Focus

But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Matthew 9:34

This is a before and after.

Before the passage above. Jesus drove out a demon from a mute person. Just as the demon came out of the person, the person spoke. Healing. His mission.

After the Pharisees spoke those words. Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.– Matthew 9:35. Teaching. Preaching. Again, healing. His mission.

This is focus. 

It does not mean there is no opposition to the mission. There was. It does not mean he was not being distracted. I think he was. It does not mean he did not hear those words. Matthew noted them so Jesus may have, too. It does not mean everything will be fine when God sent his Son. He know this. In spite of the opposition, the distractions, the people not believing in him, the disciples turning their backs from him, he continued to walk the way and talk about the Gospel. Jesus fulfilled his mission. 

And this spoke to me. That’s why I’m back writing.

I have oppositions, not other people but myself. I lose sight of the ministry. When nobody was commenting or liking my posts, my passion began to diminish. The call was not to have people comment or like my posts, the call was to write about him and spread the word of God. Just write. No expectations on comments or likes. Just write. 

I have distractions. I thought I was overly occupied with my professional life that I forgot about my missionary life. I replaced my bible reflections with technical articles. I’ve prioritized my personal technical research over my personal search of God. 

Maybe you are in the same road. You lost your focus. Maybe you heard somebody commenting negative about your ministry or work. Maybe health issues in the family is a distraction. Maybe a difficulty in a relationship is pulling you away from your call. 

Oppositions or distractions are here to stay. Jesus had them. So, expect that we will have them. Jesus had focus. Look up to him and pray, he will surely bless us with the same. 

 

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