Tag Archives: Encouragement

Greatness

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38

Greatness does not view consequences – Doug Collins.

Greatness when you don’t view consequences is like saying yes to God’s plan. Even when you are not told what your nod entails.

Mary – she said yes to carry God’s Son in her womb for nine months and be his mother as long as he is here on earth. She was not oriented on the where she would deliver him– manger. She is not informed as early as possible that her son would die a tragic death– on the cross. She had to linger on day and night where her son would be as Jesus hopped from one town to another to preach and reach the broken. She had to wonder if he has taken his lunch or what food he had for dinner. And yet, she said yes and did not view consequences.

Joseph – he said yes to the angel’s instructions from his dream to take care of God’s Son and his mother. He may have wanted the best delivery room for his wife and first born but he had to settle to be with animals and for a while, exchange his carpentry to nursery. He didn’t anticipate that his business would change address from time to time to fulfill what was written long before. His work is to be belittled as Jesus was judged, “He is the son of a carpenter.” And yet, he said yes and did not view consequences.

You can take this first step to greatness.

Say yes to God’s plan.  And don’t view the consequences.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

This Sign

Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

A thousand impressions a day.

This is the promise of a billboard sign space along Central Avenue.

Quite impressive number of impressions, huh!

I guess this is rationale. Why not? Cars, school buses and public transport take this route going to and from offices, stores and schools. The location of this sign is even in the middle of two major areas in the Capital district of New York. It is also a way going to shopping malls from the residential portions. So, for an hour you have at least 84 pair of eyes looking at this sign. And for those 42 people, you hope that they will remember what your sign advertised and probably buy your product or services. At least you can hope, because the sign promises impressions not sales.

Two thousand years ago, God posted a sign. Isaiah even talked about this in Isaiah 7:14 — “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

Picture this sign or billboard. Virgin. Son. Immanuel.

Any eye will be glued on this sign. Any heart will be amazed with this sign. Any mind will have this sign planted. For the Lord erects this sign, “A virgin will give birth”. Yeah, he will and can make impossible possible. For the Lord raises this sign, “God with us”. Yeah, he will be with you no matter how small is the virgin’s stomach to fit in the Son of God.

Impressive, yes. But don’t let it be just an impression. Or an after thought with all the busyness around “holiday season”. Buying gifts. Having parties. Cooking food for a feast.

Reflect on how God came near to you. Talk about on how he can make things happen such as this sign. Meditate on how God will go through great lengths to show how much he loves and cares for you.

He still holds this sign for you to see. He still keeps this sign for you to come back to him. He still elevates this sign for you to remain firm and faithful.

This sign promises salvation. Not only to thousands but to countless souls.

Don’t just drive by this sign.

Leave a comment

Filed under Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

Economics of Zacchaeus

But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.”  Luke 19:8

Economics is about incentives.

Companies or persons hand their resources if in return they get incentives or benefits above what they gave.

Knowing that this guy Zacchaeus is the chief tax collector, accounting or economics are his daily life. He looks for financial benefits in every transaction. His eyes scans the numbers and says if it’s a deal or not.

Not today.

Look at his economics.

Before meeting Jesus:

Net Worth = Z (this is his total worth, assets minus liabilities)

Moments after meeting Jesus:

Net Worth = Z – 0.5*Z = 0.5Z (this is his total worth after giving half to the poor)

Further moments after meeting Jesus:

Net Worth = 0.5Z – image002 (this is his total worth after giving back 4 times to what he extorted per person, E, from the number of people he extorted, n)

Zacchaeus threw what he learned all his life about economic benefits out of his window. His financial worth decreased moment after moment after meeting the Christ. Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house…” (Luke 19:9) and Zacchaeus, by his economics, replied, “It’s a deal!”.

We don’t know if he came back to his job as the chief tax collector, I bet he resigned! We don’t know if he became a full time follower of Jesus, just like the Twelve, I bet he did in his own small ways! This is what we surely know – his life turned around and he realized it’s not about the money. That life is not about these financial benefits thus he was willing to give almost all he got.

Jesus saved him. And that is an enough incentive.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

Thank You, Ninety-Nine!

What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? Luke 15:4

You were in the desert. And you stayed, not strayed.

For me to be found, the shepherd leaves you in that barren place. No fences but you remained firm. No boundaries but you kept your feet from wandering. The shepherd found me as I’m lost, and he found me because you were steadfast. You held your ground even in the desert.

I left because of that desert — a place where I don’t want to be.

  • A desert of unemployment.
  • A dry land of an exhausting disease.
  • A barren married and family life.
  • An unfruitful church or community.
  • A dead end friendship or relationship.
  • A financial struggle which gave me dryness.
  • A career without a direction.

But here you are, still in the desert, when we came back. Still in the desert but you’re still faithful. Still in the desert and you’re still constant. Still in the desert but you’re still loyal. Though it seems he left you in that desert, you still hindered his voice. You still followed his words. You lived as if he is leading you.

As I come back to the flock, I know I can make it through the desert for the shepherd is with me and you are with me. His grace and your shining example will light my path. Side by side, I will walk with your inspiration. I will follow your footsteps and I will mirror your faithfulness. I will step in your shoes and I will run the race with your consistency.

I know I have to thank the shepherd mainly for finding me. I also know I have to thank you for him to find me.

Thank you, Ninety-Nine!

Leave a comment

Filed under Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

Receivers

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ Luke 13:26-27

They ate with the Provider of all things and they were filled. Yet, they did not feed the poor and needy.

They drank with him and their thirst was quenched. Yet, they did not share the fountain of life to the people who were looking for the water of life.

They listened to his messages, they heard his preaching. Yet, they did not pass down what they learn. They did not talk about it to their family and friends.

Whatever they receive they did not give. Whatever they had, they kept it to themselves. Everything stopped with them.

I’m guessing one reason for this — they focused mainly on what they received and not on the one who gave what they received. It filled their stomachs but not their hearts. It quenched their physicality but not their spirituality. It passed through their ears but it was not planted into their hearts. They longed for the gift and not the Giver. Only the Giver satisfies, not the gift.

Jesus is the only way through the door of heavenly gates. And when the time comes, may he not give you the same response, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ Luke 13:27

Make sure your answer is not similar with these comfortable receivers.

Build your relationship with the Giver, Jesus. Love him who feeds you. Live for him who gives his cup to you. Follow him who reveals his Word to you daily.

And may all these allow you to be a giver of whatever he gives you, to know him more, to love him more and thus you may make him known more and make him be loved more.

Always remember this — Jesus knows not mere receivers but receivers who become givers.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

I don’t want me to be still me

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist… Matthew 14:1-2a

He sees John in Jesus.

Not the other way around — see Jesus in John. And he has all the reasons to get startled. He is the same man who sent John to the valley of death. He is the same ruler who gave orders to put to stop John’s breath. Then Jesus appeared to start his ministry, this tetrarch saw John not Jesus. In every miracle, for every healing, for every driving-out-of-demons, he saw John not Jesus.

Sounds like our neighbors.

When I was starting my relationship with the Lord, they told me that I will, at some point, go back to my old life. That night, our conversation gave me a deeper reflection which is still challenging me today. Though I told them about my new found life in God and the ways I was serving him, the way our discussion went through and as they were predicting I’m about to slip from this narrow road, the bottom line is this — they still saw me in me. They did not see Jesus in me.

This gave me enough time on my knees to pray to God to change me, to turn my life upside down. I pleaded to him to let his face shine upon mine so they will see him not me. I cried out to the Lord to give me grace to repent from my old ways and that I may love him above all else. For no matter how many miracles or healing God can do through me. No matter how many people will hear me and get inspiration from my talks or preaching. No matter how many hours I can dedicate for his service. No matter how many hits this blog can record. Everything is in vain if they still see me in me. It won’t matter if they don’t see Jesus’ life in the way I live my life. Paul confirms this, “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Until today, my prayer still reverberates to his ears, “…change me oh God, make me like you…”

I don’t want me to be still me.

2 Comments

Filed under Interests, Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas

Light Up A Candle

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Luke 11:33

Praise lights each candle.

That’s our daughter. Our daughter serves as an altar server this given Sunday. We arrived early for her to prepare some things for the worship service. She dresses up with her altar gown and walks out from the back door to light each candle in the altar and in the church. She goes to the ones at the altar and she goes to the candles at the back of the church. If there would be other candles, she would not miss them. She goes to smaller candles, and to bigger or taller candles. If the light from a candle is suddenly blown by, she goes back to bring light to that candle. Though the light from each candle would be covered by the ceiling’s electric lighting, the candles continue to provide that certain light which only them could give throughout the service.

Then the light struck my heart.

This is the call of Jesus when we bring out the light. To light up one another. To bring the light to each person. To your spouse. To your daughters and sons. To your friends. To your office mates. That when you go to a certain place and as soon as your presence is felt, your words and actions lights up each person’s heart. That when you enter any door, you share the light of Jesus to others. Share the light to the people who have been standing there and needing of “how are you doing?”, hugs, love, affirmation and encouragement. Share his light to the people whose lights may have been extinguished by trials, marital problems, job concerns, unemployment, broken friendships, or doubt of God. Go back to the person whose light may have been blown by personal difficulties or financial challenges. 

Some of us may be like the ceiling’s lighting. These are leaders, pastors or teachers. Most of us may be like candles. They prepare what is menial, they are always at the background serving with all their hearts. But both type light the church. Both type can provide everlasting spark in the heart. So, you may have a small service or a small candle, what is important is you use it to light others. No matter how small your role is, God has put the light in you so it must be shared and not kept.  You have a unique God-given light or personality or gift that you alone can reach out to a certain person or group.

At the end of the service, Praise goes to put out the light in each candle. Hopefully, we won’t do the same, to your’s or to others’. For the light of Jesus goes on and on and on and on…His light won’t melt you but build you.

So move forward my friend…light up another candle.

Leave a comment

Filed under Interests, Kristyanismo, Pamilya, Panginoon, Pilipinas