Off to reservist

I’ve packed my barang-barang (stuff in Malay) and will be off for reservist for 2 weeks. So would not be able to blog… =(

Si Beh Sianz (Damn boring) with all this wayang (show)…. Ha ha ha

How can the gahmen expect men who are in their late 20’s or 30’s to take off from work and family commitments just like that??

Would the part-time soldier be able to focus on training or even combat battle with his core responsibilities looming over his mind??

And worse, we are not even fit from all the sitting behind the computer!

I say scrap reservist!!! It is in-effective… Who’s with me??? =p

Drawing closer to Him

“Therefore I am now going to allure her;
       I will lead her into the desert
       and speak tenderly to her.

There I will give her back her vineyards,
       and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
       There she will sing as in the days of her youth,
       as in the day she came up out of Egypt.”

Hosea 2:14-15 (NIV)

Since late last week I was impressed in my mind with His word from Hosea, that God intended this period of ‘waiting’ with my impending job search for me to draw closer to Him in terms of dependency and reliance on Him.

Achor when translated means trouble, is what God brought the Israelites thru in order to gently remind the Israelites of His covenant and love for them where they were brought to the truth that God was their my sole security to be confidence and not their own strength based on their own or allies armies, not on acquired wealth or knowledge and not even social status as the Chosen people of God. 

Likewise, this period of job search for me is my Valley of Achor where I am drawn to spend time lying on His lap and allow Him to take full care of me; growing in my trust in Him despite being in this ‘valley’.

Thank God that so far during this period I have had two interviews. Both for similar positions in Marketing Communications and both yet to reply with their verdicts =p

Honestly, I had being anxious as the thought of getting off the payroll crept on me with the practicalities of living in Singapore. 

However the passed few days in deeper intimacy in fasting and praying with Him has helped me to see things in His perspectives and enabled me to feel secure in being in His strong loving Arms.

“Money drop from the sky”

I never knew I would experience this term, “Money drop from the sky” or to be more exact in my case, “Money drop from Heaven!”

Some time last week I received a surprising sms message…

Read the text below:

God prompt me this afternoon to give u some money. If u need it, just tell me your account number. Need not be now, maybe in future. Just saw your blog, so more convicted to help if u can’t find a job or whatever. God bless.

Imagine what went thru my mind when I read the sms text?!

Wow… God really works in amazing and mysterious ways =)

Giving 110% and nothing less

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

After reading the above scripture this morning, my attitude was deeper convinced about this term which happens also to be one of Hope Church’s philosophies: Serving FULLY before serving full-time.

I am convinced and convicted that as believers and followers of Christ, it is imperative that in EVERYTHING that we do, we need to put our FULL heart into it. But more especially so when we are serving in His Church.

The reality is that we tend to calculate our efforts when we serve in church and give minimal if not nothing for what it is worth in our eyes.

However, when it comes to our work, we can be so on-the-ball and tolerant to the demands of an over-bearing boss or over-loading responsibilities. Hey! We even make our way to work even when we don’t feel like it!?!

When in comes to serving God, ministry or His Church becomes some extra curriculam activity (ECA) that can be optional and compromised.

This is so very not right.

Yes, serving God may be on a voluntary basis with no salary to claim. But does that mean what we do is of no value???

But truth be told, what we do for His Church is of greater value that anything else in the world as this work lasts for eternity; impacting and saving lives.

I guess many of us (Christians) have failed to understand our core identity as His child, and that we are not just volunteers but His servant; His royal priesthood (c.f. 1 Peter 2:9).

Even Jesus came to serve and not to be served (c.f. Mark 10:45), so what makes us an exception?

As it is, serving FULLY can be described as giving 110% heart and soul to honor God. Not 100%, not 99% or 95% but 110% and nothing less as our God deserves our full best for His Name and glory.

Zest Party

Last Saturday was to be the day that this party finally became a reality!

Held at the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), this Unit new year’s bash was to be another first for the year as we had with us special guests- HWA members.

For many, this was the perfect platform to make new friends across backgrounds from all walks of life. And this platform was intended to have all us adding ZEST into our 2007!

Personally the party didn’t turn out the way I had planned it to be and on the same night I could hardly sleep with my mind pondering hard on what exactly was it that had failed.

However, I was reminded at the same time that regardless of the outcome, the glory goes to God. Even if it didn’t turn out the way I had planned, it went on according to His plans.

Hopefully this event would path the way for us to organise more such initiatives to serve the under-served and being an effective salt and light for Christ.

Utilising our freedom

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Galatians 5:13-15 (NIV)

Loving people

The focus on Growing disciples, Serving society and Planting churches have one similar element and that is love.

If you do not have His love, you CANNOT grow disciples, serve society and plant churches as they all involve people.

And since responding to His call to care for His people, I’ve witnessed (am still) the ‘surgical’ work is doing in my heart in respect to my understanding of true love, and my attitude and actions in loving others.

In the past, I had always thought I was a good people person, hence I assumed I could love people easily. But God was to prove me so wrong… Ha ha ha…

I can recall the earlier days when I started ‘following up-ing’ on others. What a nightmare it was!

Doors were slammed in my face, I was spat in the face and trampled upon like dirt. But of cos figuratively speaking lar… what I meant was that waves of rejections, insults and feelings of unappreciated continually hit me hard thru out the ‘follow up’ process.

Those were the moments where my initial reactive thoughts would be like what is depicted below…






Yeah… a head butt on those people were what came to mind then… Ho ho ho… (Thanks Zidane =p)

But of cos I had never reacted like that but submitted my anger and hurt to God. Cos everytime when that had happened, the Holy Spirit did well to remind me how Jesus had graciously died for me despite my unreciprocal love to Him.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!                        Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)

He meekly submitted to the will of His Father and left the rest to God like how He continued to love and forgive His enemies while He was pinned to the cross like a ragged doll by them when He could actually with just one call, wipe out His enemies with a legion of heavenly armies.

Presently I still do receive this kind treatment from people, but somehow I’ve accepted it as part of loving others and identifying with Christ in His sufferings.

What is important at the end of the day is that I love as God loves (unconditionally with no agenda), the response from others is secondary.

From this, not only I’ve come to understand better what true love is (its about giving and a choice, not based on feelings or preferences) but at the same time I’ve grown secure about who I am in Christ and not allowing what people’s opinions of me tear me down.

Time really flies…

I was scavanging thru my stuff and found this…

It was a booklet given out during Hope Church 13th Anniversary. Kingdom 2008 was launched in 2004, some 3 years ago…

Wow… can’t believe we are now in 2007 and arriving towards our goal as a church in focusing on:

  1. Growing disciples
  2. Serving Society 
  3. Planting churches

Time really flies…