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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This Kid was All-Out for Jesus


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A Supernatural, not Logical, Mind

The story went like this. Jesus and his disciples needed to feed 5,000 men (if we add the women and kids, they'd probably number more than 10 thousand).

Out there in the wilds, where would they find food to do this? And it would cost a lot, too much for their available budget to afford, if they decide to buy food for the attendees.

According to John, the Master tested his disciples---how would their minds see their situation? "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" he asked them. Who'd think logically like smart earthlings would and who'd think radically like Jesus? Well, they all used their earthly logic. Matthew tells us some disciples said the place they were in was too far and it was getting late. Jesus had better sent the crowd to the villages to buy food. Sounds proper.

John tells us how some thought it was too costly even for each one to have just one bite of food. It wasn't practical, in short.

But one little kid near them was radical enough. He thought his 5 small bread loaves and two fish were all it took to feed about 10,000 people. All he had to do was give all the food to Jesus. I mean, this kid knew the Kingdom principle of surrendering all to Jesus.

No Wonder Kids are Given the Kingdom

This kid was fascinating. Young as he was, he decided to attend this Jesus conference or crusade even if it was in the middle of nowhere, outside the villages. From an adult's point of view, the place was "remote." But this kid was decided. He'd attend Jesus' meeting to listen to him.

Second, this kid had the foresight to take along packed dinner. In other words, he was really serious about staying long to listen to Jesus, even if the event got past dinner. I think he alone had thought about it. He was excited. The rest---the adults---were merely passive.

There were thousands of people in this crowd, and yet God chose a small kid for this great miracle. I can imagine how God had earlier talked to this kid and had told him to bring along 5 small loaves and 2 fish. The kid quickly obeyed. No afterthought. An adult would've probably reasoned with himself and asked, "Why do I have to bring packed dinner? That would be messy or bothersome, carrying that pack in the wilderness. I wouldn't stay long anyway. I'd just take money and buy food, if need be."

Well, in fact, Jesus asked about buying food. But he asked it only to test his disciples. He was given two options---let the people buy food or the small boy's dinner. If the people went to buy food, the problem would be solved but there would be no miracle. If you were there, what would you go for? A practical and logical solution or a chance for a miracle, since Jesus was there in person? It's a big wonder how the disciples could opt for a practical, usual, ordinary remedy when Jesus was right there in their midst.

The second time around, when feeding the 4,000, they again missed seeing the powerful and supernatural capability of their Master and simply opted to worry, which sometimes seems more practical and logical than multiplying bread and fish. I've seen lots of  Sunday worship services unable to start because they had no program. Being guided by their programs is more practical and logical to them than by simply being led by the Holy Spirit.

Third, he was near Jesus, among the disciples, not with the crowd. He had probably wormed his way through the crowd to get near the Lord. The crowd was contented to stand from a distance but this kid had to be in Jesus' inner circle. So, when Jesus asked the disciples about where to buy food, he was right there in their midst, able to present his packed dinner within seconds.

And yes, he offered his packed dinner to Andrew. Nobody got it from him. He offered it. I don't think Andrew grabbed the food from the boy and I don't think Jesus would have liked the idea. So this kid offered all he had to Jesus, leaving nothing for himself. No wonder Jesus said one time that God had given the  Kingdom to little children, and that it was impossible to enter the Kingdom except we change and become like little kids.

I'd rather watch little kids in their humble and innocent ways than listen to "smart" people fond of arguing or debating about nonsense which they think make them sound intelligent.

Earthly or mundane logic has no place in the Kingdom. God's logic is different and is often mistaken (or despised) by unspiritual men as weak. It is hated by the world as foolishness but loved by the meek as God's power. Funny but sometimes, kids understand God's logic more than most adults do.

Fourth, the kid didn't complain though he was never appreciated. It was never mentioned in the bible, but it's safe to conclude that he didn't. Otherwise, Jesus would have mentioned it. It was probably very fulfilling for this kid that the Lord had accepted his offering. And doubtless, this kid's reward was surefire provided, because Jesus assured somewhere in Scriptures that anyone who gives even a cold drink to someone because he is a disciple will surely get his reward.

Why didn't Jesus even mention the kid's name? Perhaps, so the kid's reward wouldn't be forfeited. If we parade our good deeds, heavenly rewards will be forfeited. Instead, what we get are the applause of men. That alone is our reward, which is really nothing.

It happens lots of times. In a multitude of thousands who "follow" the Lord, chances are, only a very small percentage would get the idea and quietly surrender their all to Christ---and usually, these are simple people who have become like little children to God.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Problem with Pastoral Movements and Alliances


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It's good to meet together for fellowship. It's what Hebrews 10.25 tells us. But we should meet together for something that really fulfills God's will, not just meet together per se. A lot of pastoral get-togethers are meetings that really lead to nowhere.

I know that lots of ministers will get offended by this article. But that's how the prophets of old also declared truth---offending people with truth and even getting killed doing so. I know pastors have the best interests at heart for forming associations and alliances and meetings. But what do they really achieve? They say they do it so there would be unity in the body.

I have observed in a lot of pastoral meetings, remaining in the background so I can see the picture from the outside, and I always note that despite their "club" meetings they really remain disunited. For instance, there was this bible study among pastors of different denominations. They discussed on a passage that started well. But soon, their doctrinal differences surfaced. In the end, they just settled with respecting each other's doctrinal differences. So they left the meeting still with disunited beliefs. And they call that "one body."

You see, we don't need to "respect each other's beliefs or doctrines," because we need to believe the same things. The left hand cannot believe one thing and the right hand another thing. The whole body should stick to the same beliefs to move in the same direction. We are different parts of the body but we should have only one mind and Spirit.

It's not enough to just have a common stand on some doctrinal points, like who Jesus is and the trinity and salvation. We should all agree on everything God said in the bible. The Acts church was like that. What the church in Corinth believed, the church in Thessalonica and Ephesus also believed. Unlike today where one church believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the other does not (I have seen churches that believe Holy Spirit "gifts" are their talents in art, singing, public speaking, and playing instruments but stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophesy, discerning between spirits, working miracles and others. They even mock at these gifts and people who have them).

When you speak in churches today, you have to consider their doctrinal beliefs because you might say something they don't believe in---though what you'd say is in the bible. It has gotten to the point where some churches don't care if it's in the bible. If it isn't in their denominational doctrines they will have nothing to do with it and sometimes even treat it as demonic.

One body with different beliefs? That makes for a body that has many heads, all thinking differently from each other. That's not unity---that's a monster. Again, for instance, one church says there is no more speaking in tongues. If you do, you are of the devil. But another says they practice the gift and if you don't you're not really saved. Another church says you cannot be holy in this life, while another says you can. And if you're not holy, you may lose your salvation.

Another church says once saved always saved. But others oppose that, saying nothing is certain, so we must all do good works to please God and somehow secure our salvation. How can all these contradicting teachings come from the Holy Spirit? In this case Christ is divided.
What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ." [1 Corinthians 1.12]
Today, some follow this denomination, another this other denomination and they have different doctrinal beliefs. And to come up with some form of "unity" they all just agree to respect each other's belief. This "respect for each other's belief" is found nowhere in the bible. What God wants is complete unity (perfect unity), not "respect for each other's (differing) beliefs." We miss the point altogether if we think we can agree that Jesus is Lord and God and Savior and yet have opposing ideas about his WORD in the bible.

And I also note how these pastoral movements are composed of small congregations. Big and major church denominations seldom join them. Why can't all churches come together and have complete unity?

Here's a portion of Jesus' prayer about complete unity in John 17:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Complete unity is crucial to Jesus' work. Complete unity is what will make the world "believe that you have sent me," said Jesus. Even if we do the best ministries and evangelism and have mega churches and multitudes of members, if we remain disunited, the world will never really know that the Father had sent Jesus to save mankind. No wonder so many pagan religions still dominate major parts of the world despite our countless missionary works all through these centuries. And so many established churches are dying in "Christian" countries despite repeated revivals.

Complete unity is also the key to having the glory which the Father gave Jesus. As it is, the church is far from being glorious. Probably peopled, moneyed and propertied, but not glorious. This glory was given in Jesus' time, but it faded when the church turned worldly, using the ways and standards of this world rather than God's ways and standards. For instance, no church today wants to be least. They all want to be great.

It faded when the church divided itself into denominations.

And the passage above goes on: "Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." The love the Father and Jesus have for Jesus' disciples worldwide will only be acknowledged by the world if all true believers unite completely. Perfect unity in the body of Christ is critical.

The funny thing is, there are probably thousands of pastoral movements and associations in the world and yet not one takes "complete unity" seriously. No one wants to give up and dismantle their denominations. They love their denominational trophies too much to do that. What they do instead is just replace complete unity with alliances and associations and pastoral movements where they respect each other's beliefs. This kind of associations will go nowhere. They will multiply and even grow big and yet remain unaffecting the world. The Acts church, on the other hand, turned the world upside down [Acts 17.6].
But when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have now come here,"
Pastoral movements and associations should be aiming for no less than "the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." These are strong words---"the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Definitely, this is NOT just alliances or respecting each other's beliefs. Here's the powerful passage:
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. [Ephesians 4]
Genuine maturity is attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. And to attain this, all churches all over the world need to reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The "complete unity" Jesus wants. And for this to happen the body of Christ needs to be built up and equipped. How? Through the 5-fold ministries.

Pastoral movements will never achieve this unless they have genuine apostles and prophets and evangelists in their assemblies. If you remain meeting as pastors and bishops, nothing will happen even if you meet for thousands of years because God's will requires all 5-fold. Pastoral movements and associations should seriously endeavor to have this happen (by God's grace) instead of meeting just for the sake of meeting and sometimes even rallying behind politicians and being used by them. 

It is useless being able to gather together with politicians and act as their "spiritual adviser," whatever that means. These things were never done by Jesus and they will never lead to God's will for these end times. It is good to have a movement or association that extends help to the needy and victims of calamities and hold bible studies in prisons. But all these lead to nowhere unless we do everything---even the smallest iota or detail---according to God's will in his WORD. As it is, instead of ushering saved souls to the Kingdom of God, we lead them to our separate denominations or empires and make them become familiar with man's ways there and strangers to God's ways.

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