Matt Redman said, “I am first and foremost a worship leader. I just find that music is a great tool to lead worship.”
We are all worship leaders. We all lead people to the worship of God. Our tools differ. Some lead worship through music; some through good works; some through service; some through charity; some through preaching.
Basically, in all we do, we want to be able to lead people into worship of God. That through what we do, people want to worship God after seeing it.
You and I are worship leaders.
What a day. What a day.
i) Starbucks with myself
I woke up at 8 a.m. in the morning, and thought of going to the river to do my devotion. I got ready and went out, but it was too windy and chilly, so I walked 30 minutes to the city instead to have my devotion in Starbucks. I picked a quiet spot upstairs and flipped open my Bible as I sipped on my Kakao Cappucino.
It has been awhile since I last had a time on my own like this, without distraction. I just kept reading on the story of Abraham and how his faith was tested by God. His story reminds me of the lesson I gave in care group once and how it has been applied in my life. Every day, every promise requires this faith and obedience.
In hindsight, God has really walked me through the valley of decision to the mountain of providence. I wouldn’t be where I am now without Him going through it all with me. In fact, I believe he has done His work even before I embark on any journey.
God is real. I’m slowly beginning to be convicted of it. He is real.
ii) Coffeebean with Joe
After 2 hours in Starbucks and with the coffee now cold, I returned home. Joe called me on Skype. I found myself in another café, only without the aroma this time.
We talked about how mentoring is done and what really is essential. Mentoring cannot be done in a classroom. The best way to do mentoring is to do life together. Jesus was always out there with his disciples, drawing lessons from lilies, mustard seeds, olive trees, buildings and so on. Incidents such as those with the adulteress, Zachaues, the rich man, Lazarus and so on must have left an impression on the disciples that they would otherwise not have gotten had Jesus just stayed in the synagogue with them every day.
The spiritual life and the normal life should not be segregated. So, this is how discipleship should be done.
iii) Dad and I
I talked to my dad afterwards. I told him about my desire to be more intentional and practical in my spiritual life. I have too much theoretical and theological things in my mind. There is a need to translate them into action.
Dad concurred. His recent meetings in care group and in church talked about these too. The Christians need to start walking the talk. We may not be saved by work, but we certainly are saved for work.
I told dad about my vision with regard to water treatment. I want to go to areas where clean water is hard to come or a disgrace and contribute there with my knowledge. The company is doing well and has the right contacts with companies that have the expertise, so we should really make use of it.
Dad caught the idea. Let’s see where God leads.
iv) More than just practice
In the evening, I went to Ka Jin’s place for our Festival worship practice. Before we start, he showed me a video of this song called 27 Million by LZ7 and Matt Redman. The song talks about modern day slavery, child trafficking and sex trade.
One of our worship song is Break Every Chain. The song talks about there is power in the Name of Jesus to break every chain. It was a song that touched me right on the spot.
Then, I came home and I watched the video again. This time, it really wretched my heart. I was crushed for all those 27 million people who don’t have hope and don’t have a reason to live anymore. I cried out to God to help them. I cried for them. What’s significant about this is that I was never one who is apathetic for others. It passes me by as if someone just told me he drank a bottle of water.
I have prayed to God for a love for people. I want to care for people and to really love them. I guess God has already started working in me. It feels good. I love people.
I played the song Break Every Chain and realise the power of change I, as a carrier of the Name of Christ can bring to the world. There is power in the Name of Jesus that is unparallel, to break every chain. To break 27 million chains. To break the chains among my friends. To break the chains in my country. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
v) Blanket of Inspiration
At 12.30 am, Sara asked to Skype. We talked about our aspiration for the country, as usual. It was good to be reminded and encouraged again.
She told me about the stories of Teach for Malaysia and EpicHome. Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Seeing young people standing up and doing something really, really inspired me. I have now something clearer about my future.
EpicHome is a group of young people coming together to build houses for the Orang Asli. Here, I see an opportunity where water treatment can feature.
God will make a way. He has always had. I can see it.
And, that’s what’s most important in our conversation. Our acknowledgement that we need to bring more than just solution, but that we need to bring a hope in the Name of Jesus.
What a day it has been. Divinely appointed.
Don’t you see? It’s his fingerprints.
Love Jesus much.
I’m just wondering to myself.
How am I living my life as a follower of Christ?
Would the story of my life fit inside the Bible?
If people were to read my story, would they find it in accordance with the theme of the Bible, or would it be found to be strangely out of place?
The stories of the early believers fit very well in the Bible. They believed in Jesus, and they lived like Jesus. They saw and believed in the Resurrection of Jesus, and they went to the grave telling people about the Gospel. They believed that they are the Body of Christ, and they sold their possessions and shared with one another. They believed that we ought to love one another, and they did love one another.
When people read about the early believers, they know that these believers actually saw Jesus died and rose again because their lives reflected that. If they actually did see Jesus rose, don’t you think the way they lived makes sense? Their stories fit perfectly well in the Bible.
Would people see that in my life? Does my life tell a story of my conviction in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Would it people find my life story natural or would people think that mine is a story mistakenly added into the Bible?
Will my story make it into the Bible?
At this point of time, I think that my story wouldn’t make it into the Bible. However, I’m striving to live a life that when people see, they say, “Little Christ”.
“The true fruit of an apple tree is not an apple, but more apple trees.”
If you think about it, from the perspective of an apple tree, this statement is actually a true statement. The goal of an apple tree is not to grow apple, but rather to grow more apple trees. An apple tree isn’t satisfied being full of apple, but not able to grow more trees out of the apples. An apple tree gains its fulfillment in the growing of more apple tress, not more apples.
Spiritually, it is the same. It is not enough to just bear fruits. The fruits has to grow more trees. That means, our goal isn’t to grow more fruits, but to grow more disciples, through our fruits. This is exactly what Jesus has called us to do as his last words. After all the sermons and teachings, at the end he points to discipleship. Because, that is what the fruits are for.
In the Bible, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Through these, the seed of Christ can be planted and grow. The seed has to be Christ, so that the new tree will be ‘of Christ’. Thus, it is only through Christ can you produce fruits that contain the seed of Christ.
Spiritual maturity shouldn’t be an end in itself. Spiritual maturity has to lead to ministry.
Spiritual fruits shouldn’t be an end in itself. Spiritual fruits have to lead to discpleship.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my toke upon you.
Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
In all the great things that has happened, I found myself most in need of the Lord’s rest.
In Luke 20:20-26 :-
20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 21 “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully. 22 Now tell us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their trickery and said, 24 “Show me a Roman coin.[a] Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
25 “Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
26 So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.
Most of you should be quite familiar with this story. Now think about this for a moment. Had the man ask Jesus, ‘What then belongs to God?’
What would Jesus have answered? He would have asked, “Whose image is on you?”
Give to Caesar what’s Caesar, and give to God what’s God.
I am reminded about a conversation I had with my best friend here in Germany last year. We talked about the existence of God quite extensively. At one point he said, “You know, if I know without a single doubt that God exists, I would give up everything I have to serve Him. Because, if there really exists a God, there is no meaning in everything else anymore, except for what’s related to Him. I will give my life to this God.”
Do you understand what he mean? I think he understood something that many Christians couldn’t. If God exists, everything else fades in comparison to Him, and if that’s the case, I will do what He wants.
Here, we are Christians who believe that God exists. But are we living as if God exists or are we living as if he does not exist?
So what my friend is essentially saying is, “If God exists, I will live the way as He wants.”
His living reflects on the belief in the existence of God.
Let’s look at ourselves. Does your living show that you believe in God or are you an atheist in the closet?