a faith that breathes…
…never says, “God, this is what i want.” instead, it always asks, “God, what do You want?
…never says, “God, i won’t…” instead, it always says, “God, i’ll do Your will.”
…never looks for self-satisfaction. instead, it looks to satisfy God.
…never seeks the approvalof others. instead, it seeks God’s approval.
…never measures success by how well things are going. instead, it measures success by a life centered in God’s will.
…never puts its own needs first. instead, it always thinks of others first.
…never looks to its own capabilities to solve a problem. instead, it relies fully on God’s power for guidance and success.
this small excerpt resonates with my current experience. as i mentioned yesterday, the sense of failure continues to nag at my heart. but how sweet God’s grace is! i don’t need to be afraid that i’m not living up to the bar. there are standards in life, at work and even at church. however, the only standard we have to live up to is the Lord’s.
God’s standard is not a long list of rules and to-dos. there is only one thing He requires from us – obedience.
a flip to the next page in “faith that breathes” is the real journey section by toby mac. he speaks of success this way:
“a lot of times they see dc Talk and me as just ‘big business and lights.’ but we know that’s not real life. the real life is who we are in Jesus and how we’re living that day to day.”
if success means doing everything one can, even neglecting his family or stabbing his friend’s back, so that he can be the top of everything, it’s a failure.
if success means putting on a fake smile when his life is shattering to pieces, it’s a lie.
if success means being responsible and strict but having no time to relax, he is not living a life.
success means living a Christ-centered life and committing to obeying His command and will even to the point of ridicule. that’s faith.
“brothers, think of what you were when you were called. not many of ou were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. but God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.” 1 corinthians 1:26-29
every human is flawed from birth in spite of our intelligence or social status. that is why grace is so sweet. sadly, many people are either unaware or just forget this fact as they grow up. so they go on separate directions and boast their ways to the end of their life…to the doomed eternity.
but the good news is God’s love and mercy endure forever. His kindness has brought many people from all over the world to repentance. and i strongly believe that one day the prophecy in the Bible will be fulfilled…”that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” whether or not everyone on this earth will be Christ followers, everyone will be obliged to kneel before Him. not only because of His fearful supremacy and incomparable power but also of His everlasting goodness, immeasurable grace and enduring love.
by ending today’s post, i am putting up some silly pictures of my time in bangkok with my family and my friend, manna, during songkran festival last week.
enjoy! and don’t forget to smile…. :o)
okay, there are some normal photos as well…
top it all up with “the bangkok i love”…
here’s what made me happy the most…