Monthly Archives: March 2011
In your own words, what kind of gifts that pops-out on your mind? Maybe some of you will come-up with these:
But sometimes, when we look to ourselves, we think that we don’t have those kinds of gifts. As we’re thinking about it, we were starting to live in obscurity. We think that we are worthless because we don’t have that. We started to complain to God and we say: Lord, bakit naman niyo ko ginawang walang gift.
Haven’t you experienced that? Don’t worry, I have a Good News. First, I have a trivia for all of you:
Do you know that the nation of The Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa is one of the poorest nations on Earth. But, it was widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 TRILLION! This is the equivalent of the GDP of the United States of America and Europe combined.
So, what’s the connection?
The same thing with The Democratic Republic of the Congo, we too have a hidden gifts. Maybe its not the things that I’ve mentioned a while, but you have a hidden gift! Sometimes, the things that you don’t consider as a gift, but some times, you will realize that those are already a gift from God. Seems so awkward, isn’t it? But those gifts are going to use for the glory of God.
For example, sometimes I make people smile because of my crazy antics. It doesn’t make sense, right? But I realize that those crazy antics (Or should I say KATOYOAN SA UTAK) is already a gift from God and I am now using it to make disciples.
All of us has gifts. God has given all us with unique gifts. At a matter of time, you will discover it and through that you will glorify God.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
– 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11
As moments pass, we see some new trends appearing in our society. Maybe its a new phone, clothes, fashion statement, etc. But sometimes, those new trends now became the “standard” for other youths of this generation.
Maybe I can list some of the “requirements” for you to be “in”:
- You have a smartphone (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.)
- A laptop (Or should I say one of the top-of-the-line brands)
- Listening to the latest Pop (Not Rock, nor Hiphop) music
- You have the latest “kicks” and “threads” (Shoes and clothes)
- You must be clubbin’ out there (TUGS TUGS TUGS)
- For some rich kids, you have the “ride” out there
If you have all of those, you are “in”! In other words, tao ka! What if you don’t have some of it, or nothing at all? I’d like to set myself as an example:
- Smartphone = X
- Laptop = X
- Listening to Pop = X (I love Rock music)
- Latest fashion = X
- Clubbin’ = X
- “Ride” = X
See, I don’t have all of the “requirements” for me to be “in”. In short, I am an “outcast”, “untouchable”, a “loser” to be exact.
What would be the result if you don’t have that? Some people will bully you and they will reject you.
But here’s the Good News, you are not required to have those stuffs in your life. Yes, you have all those things, but, are those things will fill you up? No. The only thing that will fill you up is this: If you have Jesus Christ in you, you are already “in”. You do not need to have those things to be “in”.
And what we will get if we have Jesus? Forgiveness of sins and the salvation that we don’t deserve. Because, Jesus paid all our sins by dying on the Cross for us that we will have eternal life with God.
So, are you “in” or “out”?
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
– Matthew 16:26
Tonight, Victory Caloocan has “ended” its Youth service for this semester and it will resume on April 8. From 7pm, it will be at 5pm, just for the whole summer vacation only.
Okay, time for the true message of this post. Hahaha!
Several months ago, I dreamt a scenario that I was in a Youth service, but not in Victory Caloocan. And I saw Ptr. Jay-R Ramirez preaching. But, the scene that struck me was all people that was in there, and those who I’ve sat down for a Victory Group session was all guys (Yes, all men) wearing the PE uniform of University of the East. When I woke up, I realized that it was not a dream, but a VISION.
And, in our “last” Youth service for this semester, I saw people from University of the East – Manila joining with us. And when I saw all of them, woah! They almost occupied the upper right side of our center.
What is this all about?
God has given all of us a vision of the growth, a great harvest. As leaders, God has shown us on what will happen in our Youth of this generation.
For me, it motivates me more to reach out for the campus, not just in my campus, but to other campuses. All the things happened in the Youth ministry of Victory Caloocan is just a beginning of a great harvest. As great as it is, we are going to need more to reap in our great harvest.
To change this world, it will going to start in the campuses. So, arm yourselves with the Word of God and get ready to reach out for the campuses.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
– Matthew 9:37-38
EVERY NATION | EVERY CAMPUS
Praise and Worship – How I love this moment. When the Worship Team started to blast the speakers, that’s the time for rock and roll! As they were playing, that’s the time to do some “crazy” stuffs.
“Crazy” stuffs?! Yeah, “crazy” stuffs.
Let me ask first, what are things that enter in your mind when you heard the word “Praise and Worship”? When I’m not a Christian, these are the pictures that enters in my mind when I heard the word “Praise and Worship”:
- One of the boring stuffs that “no-life” people do
- When there are clapping of hands and waving hands in the air
- Songs that will bore me out like “Alive! Alive!”
But as I grow in my relationship with God, gradually, my picture and style of praise and worship changed. Right now, we do some “crazy” stuffs like we carry some people and put it on the stage, jumping around, dancing, shouting, and some stuffs that you normally see in a rock concert.
Why we do that kind of stuffs? Because, the love of God is overflowing in our hearts. And doing some “crazy” stuffs is the result of that overflow because we want to ignite the hearts of the people for their love on God. And what’s the result? Some people became more passionate for God and most of them wants to go back in the church.
And, wait! Jesus also liked those “crazy” stuffs:
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
– Luke 19:37-40
Praise and worship is not all about the methods that we do, it’s the matter of what’s inside of your heart. Even we do some “crazy” stuffs, or we intent to stand still, we are doing it because we love God and we want to surrender to Him.
When God has planted something in your heart regarding on a specific area, you became so excited. Right? You have already prepared what you are going to do when that time came and you already saw the exact people or area that you will cope up. But, when something unexpected comes and all your plans, frankly, messed up. What do you feel?
Me? I don’t know about you, but I will be so distressed. I don’t know what will going to do. I already prepared to face what God has planted in me, but the unexpected came. And I will feel so messed up. It’s just like “Lord, ang labo mo naman eh! Binigay mo na eh.”
But, wait! God is telling us that we need to BE STILL when the unexpected comes. Just look on the life of Joseph, son of Jacob. God has already planted something in his heart. But when those unexpected things came, it seems like all messed up for him. But look how God worked on him during those times, and voila! He became the right-hand of the pharaoh.
Unexpected things will always come in our life. Sometimes, it will come when we are already preparing ourselves on the things that God has planted in our hearts. Just remember this, God has to work in our life for that seed that he planted will grow and it will be so fruitful.
When those unexpected things come, don’t give up! Be still, and God will never leave us, nor forsake us.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
– Psalms 37:7
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:2-4