Jesus cares about good deeds

This is going to be a short one.  In Matthew 3, when John the Baptist rebukes the Pharisees and the Sadduccees, we see that good fruit, or good deeds is important.  John is talking about Jesus who has “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  John says our LORD Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do good!  It sounds like what we don’t good or if we’re really bad, gets burned up! 

Scary!!!

Happy B-day to Dad!

Daddy Abba,

I know you don’t read my blog.  But I’d like to give a shout out to you anyways.  ‘Shout out’ that means recognizing…i think.  Generational gaps…you know.  But we’re all getting older and I’d just like to say I recognize your greatness.  I remember a time when I thought you weren’t ‘all that’.  ‘All that’ – means not great.  I know that one. 

I remember a time when I didn’t understand why you said or did what you did…when it came to my brothers and I.  Now I know, you did it out of a fatherly love.

And just want to say that everything I have become, whether you all think it is good or bad, has largely been the product of your and Mom’s love, efforts, and investments.  I owe pretty much everything to you and Mom.

Lastly, I’d like to ‘Shout out’ to the Great Abba, in Chinese, 老 天 yeh, Heavenly Father, Alpha and Omega, El Shaddai, Jehovah Jireh, Yahweh, I AM…you have so many names because you are rich in everything! 

I owe everthing to you!  Thank you for giving me such good parents!  You are a good GOD, the only and best to me of anyone.  May I be as good to you, as you are to me. 

愛和尊敬,

您的兒子,

Jim

My gift is…no gift?

Not really.

I’m talking about spiritual gifts today. What are they? Well, they are abilities that GOD gives a believer to build up the church…not the building, but to actually build up another believer or believers.

One is giving. Most obviously, it is giving money to people in the church. But it could be other things like your talents and time. Believe it or not, but most people are not naturally inclined to give…with no strings attached. Giving generously and unselfishly and as directed by the LORD is a spiritual gift or ability.

The topic of this post is another gift called helps.  It is the ability to come alongside someone else and…help.  Basically it is NOT being the boss and assisting someone else.  How do I know what it is?  Because I think it is a gift I may have.

Being an assistant is not sexy or glamourous.  To the contrary, it is not a desirable position (reward – wise) and seems kind of effeminate (a position for men to have).  But one of the most buff characters we see in the Bible, Joshua (general of GOD’s army Israel), was in fact Moses’ assistant until Moses passed the torch to him.

Why do I mention helps now?  Lately the theme of purpose or call has been all around me.  Purhaps some of you readers’ call is to serve someone right now.  To put your own dreams and agenda on the shelf for now and just assist someone else and be directed by someone else.  Why do that?  Well, I really believe in order to learn to lead one must learn to be a good follower.  Perhaps a leadership is there on the horizon for you, but GOD may be asking you to serve first.

If this resonates with you?  You might be asking…how do I know if I have this gift?  Is this part of my purpose?

That’s between you and GOD.  But some hints that this may be your “call” – Are you all around with your skills?  Are you ‘not really good at anything?  A Jack of All Trades?’  How about your personality?  Are you too nice?  Are you a peacemaker?  Do you follow directions very easily?  Do you think you’ve been easily misled? 

Instead of looking at yourself as a failure.  Instead of asking yourself why haven’t I had the success my peers have had?  Perhaps GOD has a different path for you.  One that involves servitude. 

Once it was Joshua’s time to lead.  He did not become a prophet like Moses.  He became a general.  So say you serve a pastor, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will become one either.  You may.  But GOD’s ways are so incredible.  He is so wise.

I hope this post at least makes sense to one other person than myself.  Hope it helps.

One last thing I’d like to mention.  “I’d rather serve the LORD in Heaven as a janitor, than rule with the dark enemy.”  I would be infintely more blessed!

GOD loves divorced people

I have close friends who have gone through divorce.  And I’m still watching and praying for their healing.  These friends of mine both have children, so…yeah.

I’ve seen how their peace of mind has been taken away by the Bible verse,”GOD hates divorce”.   Church people around them, when they find out they are divorced, shy away if not hate them as well.   

After divorce, pastors of my friends were not able to offer them any consolation from the Bible.  It’s really sad. 

Again, I’m no highly educated Bible professor.  But I know that the Bible says no one can fathom the depths of GOD’s love.  We are all sinners, and yet we are able to receive GOD’s love daily if we do not feel guilty about things of the past.  I know about not letting go or not being able to forgive myself.

That’s the wonderful thing about Jesus Christ.  He paid for all your sins.  Past, present, and future.  I’m not saying we should all go on ‘sinning sprees’.  But, if you realize that what you’ve done is wrong, repent, and ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness.  You are on the road to wholeness again.