February 18, 2014: Sunday Sharing

Last  Sunday was one of the best days. I have never felt so much joy especially after being able to share what God has been teaching me to the church. Part of my joy is because Pastor had trusted me enough to allow me to speak in his stead while he is in the Philippines. Part of it was because God’s hand in my life has never felt more evident.

It is true that when things seem impossible for me under normal circumstances, that is when the Holy Spirit takes over and is when God becomes God in our lives.

I was initially very nervous, I never liked speaking to crowds. But as I was sharing, I felt bit by bit the truth that Jesus said… “My burden is light and easy” I felt God say to me, “Just let me handle it.”

I had shared about Matthew 25 — The Parable of the 10 Virgins, and the Parable of the Talents.

The main emphasis was centered around two questions God imparted to my heart.

  1. Are you awake?
  2. Are you doing what you’re supposed to?
Insight from the Parable of the 10 Virgins.
 
  • Are we awake?
    (well now I’m literally awake 3:44am in the morning. 😀 )
Interestingly enough, even the 5 wise virgins fell asleep.
This is the first check… are we waiting expectantly for the arrival of the “Bridegroom”? or are we just passively waiting, letting life through its course.
 
  • Are we stocked up on oil?
Are we spending time with God? Stocking up on His Word, and relying on His Holy Spirit?
This was the big difference between the wise and the foolish virgins. One was “fully stocked” of oil. The other neglected it.
 
Oil is often the symbolism for the Holy Spirit, but could also mean the Word of God.
 
  • Keep Watch and be alert
Not to say that we passively watch. But to watch closely… “Bantayan” instead of “Panoorin”.
To live in such a way that we fully understand, believe, and know that Jesus is coming back.
 
Insight from the Parable of the Talents
 
  • What are the Talents?
Our actual talents and gifts, opportunities, ministries.
God entrusts us these talents, because He fully knows what we are capable of, and He fully knows that we can take good care of it.
 
  • Making use of those “Talents”
Since God has entrusted them to us, He expects us to use them, and take advantage of them.
Make use of the opportunities He presents us to share His love to others, and share His message of salvation to others. May it be through our actions, or through our lives.
 
  • Don’t neglect the “one talent”
Let’s not neglect the small things. The seemingly insignificant “one talent”. It is often those that we disregard, or neglect. But as Christ says, let’s be faithful in little things… then more shall be entrusted. No matter how “small” we think our “talent” or that opportunity or ministry is, it is big in the eyes of God. Believe it or not, it has been entrusted to you because He knows full well that we are capable (through Him) of taking good care of it. Sometimes we year for big responsibilities, we yearn for the “5-talents” not realizing that 1 or 2 have already been entrusted to us.
 
 
 
Conclusion
  • Wait expectantly, purposefully, faithfully and fruitfully knowing and believing that Jesus Christ is coming.
  • Keep watch, and stay alert. Keep connected to God, and His Word.
  • Make good use of the opportunities that God entrusts to us.
  • Live with purpose.
Again sharing my life verse Matthew 6:33.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all else shall be added unto you.
 
This verse is the reason why I am so available when it comes to the things of God. I guess quite a number of people have wondered why I come to bible study from Tuesday to Friday. Quite a number of people have asked me why I was “always there”. Even in Baltimore, people are often surprised to see me there. This is the reason why. I have resolved in my heart that God and His Kingdom was infinitely more important than anything else. 
 
One of the things that helped me to take this into heart is what my BS leader back in the Philippines said to me. “If you have the opportunity to listen to or hear God’s word, go there.” He said, “Kapag may opportunity ka to listen to God’s word, go there.
 
All the more what Paul said in Philippians 1:21 becomes more real.
“For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
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