Whether you know it or not, you are living for something. You are choosing to bow down to, and you’re worshipping something. What are you worshipping?
The only time you can make a difference is now, be faithful with your todays. Dream for the future, learn from the past, but live in the present.
by Amanda Grace Teo.
You’re sitting at the back row in service, and just as you were about to get into your ‘worship mode’ and raise your hands to worship, a man walks in. He’s new, you realise very quickly. He isn’t dressed well, he carries a subtle stench of wet grass mixed with nicotine, and he has bruises on his arms. What is your first reaction?
After the service, he decides that he should join a cell group for young adults just as the pastor recommended for every newcomer. How coincidentally, he appears in your cell group on the next Friday night. He begins to share, at a level of vulnerability that none of the other guys in cell group has ever shared. He shares about his past, the way he manipulated, abused and hurt people. He confesses his addiction to cigarettes, alcohol and pornography. He shares that he has lost everything in life – family, money, friends, job and a home.
The men in the group are shifting in their chairs, their glares shifting you’re your leader to each other. They’re uncomfortable because most of your sharing time only went as deep as, ‘I’m not doing well with my wife…she’s just too controlling.’ You begin to observe that some are looking at this man, up and down, repetitively as he speaks. Your peripheral vision reveals that your leader takes out the bible and starts finding a verse, with his lips pursed tight. And then there’s you.
After a month of going to church and cell group every week, the man leaves. No goodbyes, no last notes, nothing. What do you do then?
Are you thankful that such a man has left your group? Are you silently glad that you wouldn’t have to put up with his stench and his incessant talk about his sins, because honestly, you’re afraid that you’ve to reveal yours soon too? Are you curious to find out where he would be? Are you breaking on the inside because a child of God has left your church and your connect group, without finding true Godly love, because all that he received were words of advice of how to quit and how to overcome his overwhelming obstacles?
We are not called to judge. We often see the plank in our neighbours’ eyes so easily, and being good friends, we do our best to help them remove that plank. But we don’t take time to stare at ourselves in the eye, and ask God for His mercy and grace because the plank in our eyes are far greater.
Unbelievers cannot stop sinning, because they have not received the forgiveness and grace of God to turn away. Believers can, but choose to continuing sinning despite being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to turn away from it.
Don’t correct a sinner’s action but lead him to fix his eyes on Jesus.
Don’t try to change their hearts because that’s God’s job. Just love them.
Written: 4 April 2013
by Amanda Teo for Kingdom Call Camp 2013
According to the Oxford dictionary,
Honour is to have high respect for or to hold in high esteem.
But more than that, I reckon that honour is far greater than just respect.
We always say, if you want respect, you’ve got to earn it.
But can I also say, that we should all, openly and abandonly honour each other without having to earn it.
In Romans 12 verse 10 it says
Be devoted to one another in love. Honour each other above yourselves.
Honour isn’t just a passing compliment,
Or a gesture of love and encouragement.
Honour isn’t just given in convenience,
And taken back in an anger’s instance. Honour isn’t recognising someone in public,
And rejecting them when you find out they’re alcoholics.
Honour isn’t about…you.
Honour is given despite who he is or what he has done.
Honour is about valuing others more than yourself,
Seeing others higher than ourselves.
Honour is treating someone with integrity,
No matter who they are, to see them with dignity.
Honour is an outstretched arm of unconditional love and an overflow of God’s grace.
Because Jesus honoured us.
We do not deserve to have Christ value our lives above His.
We did not work or earn His love, and that is His grace.
But God chose, He chose to see value and potential in us.
That despite our faults, failures and earthly lust,
He counted us worthy for His death on the cross.
What is honour?
Honour is the heart you carry in you,
Honour is choosing to extend love and acceptance, in everything you do.
Honour is the opposite of judging someone based on his actions,
And the synonym of looking for the best in him, a strength extraction.
Honour, honour should be found in the house of our King.
In His Kingdom where people are searching and seeking.
Where God has called us to love and honour each other,
Where God’s Kingdom…
One of the things I really love and look forward to everyday:
Sharing secrets with God! (:
It’s so exciting, hahaha, seriously! Just the little moments when I get a revelation from Him, or when I give pieces of my heart to God, and He just says “Okay, this is just between us all right? Don’t tell it to anyone else.” Or when I come across a verse, video, sermon, or a song that spoke so much to me, and I’m about to share it online and God says, “I showed that to you, for you. Don’t just give it away to others through Facebook or your blog. It’s yours to keep and savour.”
Really encourage and challenge you to share with secrets with Him too! Because it’s only in intimacy that secrets are found. (: