Reflections on how I learn to live life with faith.
I am posting the written version of my speech as a personal favour to a friend of mine who was not able to attend last Tuesday’s worship and Bible Study night. But to understand what the first part of my talk is all about, I encourage for you to watch the video below.
This is the written version of my Scripture encouragement last night:
The song used by the video came from Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” The video basically teaches us to be obedient to the Lord – to keep still and have faith. Be still while you lead others to God through Jesus Christ.
As long as you keep on leading other people to God, there will always be others who will ignore you. But when that comes and if anyone does not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet. Remain in faith and just keep on leading others. Remember what Jesus Christ told the disciples when other people do not welcome them when He sent the disciples out to teach, “Wherever they don’t welcome you, as you leave that city, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them.” (Luke 9:5).
As a Servant Leader, it is disheartening to see a person behaving differently outside of Bible study. It feels like I have failed but I keep reminding myself that tomorrow is a new day and I will start again. I just have to shake it off and disciple again. And I am very happy and willing to do it for God because when we’re gone on Earth, I want to see each and every one of you with me in Heaven. We will all catch-up there and have coffee.
And so, despite all the leaders’ busy schedule, all us leaders look forward to seeing you guys here especially the new comers. Every Tuesday nights, we ensure that we plant a seed of faith inside your hearts and we pray that the Word of God will purify your hearts and will be made holy by learning about God’s Word. We cannot always be with you 24/7 but we pray that the seeds that we have implanted in your hearts will grow as you nourish it with God’s Word.
As you keep nourishing yourself with God, your roots will grow and become firmly planted in the ground and your branches will spread out bearing fruits. When you know that God is with you, you feel blooming and you start to attract other people towards you and will ask you what your secret is. Then you start to share about God and when you do that, you are starting to disciple other people to God. And that is what one of the aims for Generation for Christ, to make disciples who will make disciples. We want to spread the Word.
If you are well nourished with God’s Word, just like in the song, when darkness comes and when there’s trials, rain and flood in your life – you are not afraid of it anymore. Because your faith in God is strong, you are still compared to the other plants that wilt and die because they were not nourished enough. Amen? Amen!
And at the last part of my talk, I’d like to share with everyone about the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8) and reflect where of these soils you belong to. A farmer went out to scatter seeds. Some of the seeds fell on the path where it was eaten by the bird. Some seeds went to the rock where it grew quickly but did not last because its roots failed to be nourished. Some seeds fell amongst the thorns where the plant grew amongst the thorns but failed to branch out and bear fruits. And finally, some seeds fell on good soil where it was properly nourished, able to bear fruits and was harvested.
Now, Jesus told this parable in front of many people but He only revealed the meaning of His parable to His disciples. The seed represents God’s Word. The seeds the fell on the path are the people who hears God’s Word but the devil comes and steals the Word from their hearts so they won’t believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are the people who joyfully hear God’s Word but because they have no roots, they believe for a while but fall away when tempted. The ones from the thorny plants are the people who go about their lives and are choked by the concerns, riches and pleasures of life that their fruit never matures. Finally, the ones on the good soil were the ones who hear the Word, commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart, and these are the people who bear fruits. These are the people that God will harvest and brings to heaven with Him.