April 15, 2014

The Realist, The Skeptic, and The Idealist.

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

(Apostle Paul, Romans 7:14-25)

It is in my observation that when people speak, they betray a slight insight into their personal beliefs. Some people are so dispirited, in a sense that the burdens of life have wearied their strength down to the ground level, and it leaves no room for dreams to flourish in their hearts. This type, I call the realist. They possess courage and ability to dream, to place hopes in certain areas of their lives, but stormy waves of life slowly dissipate their childhood ideals, and soon enough, they discover the reality of life as it is. "Let's get it done and get going" type of behaviour.

Then there's the skeptic, or the cynic, that literally scoff at dreams. If the realist somewhat is still able to gather their dreams, but life's business shove those aside, the skeptics are those who totally reject the idea of dreams. There's no utopia, skeptics will say. Life experiences have shown skeptics that to dream is to be vulnerable toward unnecessary pain and disappointment. "Why waste time imagining the future while there's a present we need to excel in?"

There's then the idealist. The dreamer. Shall any description be said? I think we all get the meaning of being a dreamer.

The funny thing is, popular psychology tends to condemn the skeptic and praise the idealist. Some school of thoughts also endorse the homeostasis of life ie. the balance of life, whereby realist is regarded as most preferable due to its balanced nature between the extreme pole of skepticism versus idealism.

I am not endorsing which one's better which one's worse. The bible teaches us to be a realist when it comes to our sinful nature and our evil flesh. It also wants us to be a skeptic when confronted with abnormal doctrines or confusing teachers of the laws, specially at the end of the ages. And lastly, bible also says that we are to be the idealist when it comes to hoping for God's second coming. Heaven is a perfect world, God is perfect, and although we live in this imperfect, fallen world, there is a hope that will never die inside our heart.

We're hoping for the ideal utopia, where there's no slavery, people trafficking, child prostitution, bribery, dirty business schemes, murder, drug chains, triads, war between nations, etc. The ideal world exists.

So really, no one is better than another. A realist, skeptic, or idealist, all are equal in God's kingdom. Everyone still sins, then and now. Thankfully God has an immeasurable, overflowing grace to cover our faults. Amen.

April 8, 2014

My Home is Not A Real Home Yet

These past few days I'm reminded by God that this world is our temporary pitstop. 

"Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
(Jesus, Luke 9:58)

It is indeed very beautiful to have a loving home community, strong home church, an accepting family at home and familiar faces who beam with their smiles widely when they see you around. 

But remember that a home is still not a real home yet. Read about New Jerusalem and the wonder that God'll bring for those who love Him at the end of the ages. 

No matter how much we love our home, a home is not the real home that Jesus has promised us. That's why we eagerly wait for His second coming and the final judgment day. We're on the waiting of the revelation of our true home: heaven. 

To be with the one we love, to see His glory and worship Him together with the elders, for the rest of our lives... No pain, no tears, no sorrow, no injustice, no evil, imagine that kind of home :)

In the last days the mountain of the Lord ’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; 
it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. 

Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” 

The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. 

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. 

Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. 

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. (Micah 4:1-5 NIV)

April 7, 2014

Have Rest in God

Do you not know?
Have you not heard? 

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. 

He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

(Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
 will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”
(Psalm 91)

We need to draw our strength from God, every single day. We won't grow weary because God will always overflow us with His strength. 

Challenge yourself to be discipline in coming to God. We are responsible to present the best version of ourselves to those around us. We owe it to our famoly, to our friends, to our colleagues, etc. 

Rest well and replenish our strength so no challenge will ever bring us close to the breaking point. We don't walk around tired and drained, we run fast and determined. Let's have a great rest!