|Posted by Cornerstone Bible Church on April 13, 2017 at 3:55 PM||comments (10)|
Lessons from a fisherman: How dirty are your boots?
A man called out to me from a fishing spot, "Who are you? I'd not seen you fishing here before. Why do you still look clean? Come on, get your boots on and get over here where the fish are!
That moment changed everything with my ministry perspectives. I was reminded of a Missional Incarnation when the Word became flesh and lived among us. (John 1:14.)
If we want to become fishers of men, we must go where the people are regardless how unfavorable the circumstance is. We may smell stinky and get our boots dirty but chances are we may catch a lot of people for the Kingdom of Heaven.
The following day, I took the man's advice to put my boots on and went fishing in the spot where most people would avoid. I got my boots dirty and I caught some fish (Since then I've had opportunities meeting with many people that I had not before.) I am reminded everyday that our Missional Incarnation must be willing to get our boots dirty for the sake of drawing our net of people into the Kingdom of God. Blessed are those who take this into practice.
|Posted by Cornerstone Bible Church on September 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments (6)|
Many organizations are like elephants. Although elephants are powerful and most people don't realize they are smarter than we think. However, sometimes they don't live up to their potentials due to their minds' conditioning.
You probably have seen elephants easily controlled by a trainer without any force. Why couldn't a massive-powerful elephant just go wherever he wants to?
The story was told that the elephant trainer usually gets the elephant when it's young. Then the trainer shackles young elephant with chain or a rope to deeply embedded stake or cement block. Young as he is, there's no way he can break the chain or move the block. At first he will try to break free, of course. But then he realizes he can't do it. Finally, when the memory takes place in his brain and he accepts the limit how far he will be able to go. When the elephant gets as big as full grown bull and has strength to pull the stake or block but he can't, even though he has only a small bracelet around his foot attaches to nothing.
PEOPLE ARE SOMETIMES LIKE ELEPHANTS:
We used to be told or conditioned not to go beyond our certain limitations when we were young. We have a mental stake or block into our minds. Although we become adults, we are still conditioned to hold back our potentials in making a difference for ourselves and others due to our bad memories.
The good news is that whatever holding us back from God's purposes, Christ came to the world to set us free from sins and bad experiences in the past. In Jesus, we are set free at last and have the full potentials to become persons that God intends us to be.
This story of elephants also reminds us that once Laos used to be called "The Land of a million elephants." Our nation used to be one of the great countries in South East Asia hundreds years ago. Due to some bad experiences from being colonized by some aggressive foreign countries, we had been conditioned into limitations.
Although, Laos today is still one of the poor countries in the world by certain standards, but we still have our great potentials to become a great people. We are smart as other nations in the world. The fact that we still exist as a nation today proves that we have survived beyond any limitations. It's time that we pull our mental stakes and thrive to become what we can be.
OUR CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES:
It's time for us to avoid mindset of dependence from outsides while we all have great potentials within our own. It's time for every Laotian Church to live up to our God-given potentials in serving Him and the world. It's time that we get together to share visions and dreams and resources in making our world for a better place.
This is the time we lay aside all differences and unite together in love to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord that all the peoples on earth may know the love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins, so that we may have an abundant life in Him.
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