The Lord is risen! Hallelujah!
(C) Jasper Boer
Is it worth to be the best but lose your humanity in the process? To be at the top at the expense of relationships, common sense, and morals? To be admired for your accomplishment but despised as a person? Is this your definition of success?
36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[Z]37 Is anything worth more than your soul?
Mark 8:36-37 | NLT
What is the significance of Jesus’ revelation of seeing Nathanael “under the fig tree”? For the people of Israel, the fig tree was a symbol of God’s peace and blessing (1 Kings 4:24b-25, Micah 4:4). It provided shade from the midday sun and a cool refreshing place to retreat, pray, and reflect on God’s word. Rabbis often gathered their disciples under the shade of the fig to teach them the wisdom and revelation of God from the Scriptures. The rabbis had an expression for comparing the fig tree to being nourished with God’s word in Scripture, “He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit.”
– Don Schwager
I am actively looking for a job
Everyday I will present this before the Lord that he may allow me to connect to the right people and that he also may open doors of opportunities for me.
It was about 4 weeks ago when I started to actively look for a new job and the first thing I did was to ask for leads and referrals from brothers and sisters from community . But lately, recruitment agencies and headhunters will also call me almost every other day. They said they found my profile in LinkedIn, or in monster sg, or my profile is in their database because I have emailed them before inquiring for job opportunity. Receiving calls from recruitment agencies and headhunters are like ‘doors of opportunities’ that suddenly opening up one by one. As I entertain and discuss with them, I would pray to the Lord that if this job is what God prepared for me, that he may pave the way for me to get it. And if not, that God will close the door. So far, most of the doors are already close. Indeed God heard my prayer 🙂
I am still waiting for God’s provision of a better job but nevertheless I am hopeful. These ‘doors of opportunities’ that God is sending along my way are like tiny bits of hope that encourages me to look forward that his answer is on its way. How long I need to wait? That I don’t know. But God is a god of perfect timing. He is never early or never late. I put my trust and hope in him for I know that my life, my family, and my career is in his hands.
Thanks be to God who is ever faithful, reliable, wonderful, good, and trustworthy.
20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
– Mt 17: 14-20
The man in the parable (Matthew 13:44) "went in his joy" to sell everything. Why? Because he found a treasure worth possessing above all else he had. He did not, however, have enough to buy the treasure. Fortunately, he only needed enough to buy the field. In a similar fashion, God offers his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17) as incomparable treasure at a price we can afford! We can't pay the full price for the life which God gives us; but when we exchange our life for the life which God offers, we receive a treasure beyond compare.
– Don Schwager
by Irenaeus, 130-200 A.D.
God created Adam in the beginning, not because he needs the human race, but so that he might have a recipient of his generosity.
Moreover, God commanded us to follow Christ, not because he has any need of our service, but because he wants to give us salvation. To follow the savior is to share in salvation, just as to follow the light is to gain the light.
People who are in the light do not themselves provide the light but are illuminated and made right by it; they do not contribute anything to it but, by being illuminated, they receive the benefit of the light.
Similarly, to serve God does not mean giving him any gift, nor has God any need of our service. On the contrary, it is he who gives to those who serve him life, immortality, and eternal glory. He rewards those who serve him without deriving any benefit himself from their service: he is rich, he is perfect, he has not needs.
God requests human obedience so that his love and his pity may have an opportunity of doing good to those who serve him diligently. The less God has need of anything, the more human beings need to be united with him. Consequently, a human being’s true glory is to persevere in the service of God.
[excerpted from Against Heresies, 4,25]