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Have you ever seen a slave? Or have you seen that in movies? As we all know, those who are under slavery have no rights. Whatever their master wanted to do with them, they will do. Slaves were treated as just like their properties, just like a chair, a TV, a furniture, more to say, just an object.
The same thing with us, before God took us out, we are slaves to sin. We are all obeying its evil desires before. Even though we tried to escape it, it is like a magnet that pull us back to be destroyed by Satan.
Before we become a slave, there must be a purchase that will take place. That’s the same thing God did two thousand years ago: God bought us. And what’s the price? The blood of Jesus. And He bought us to be set free from the power of sin. And from that day of our “purchase”, He also adopted us to His family.
What is the privilege we got? God became our Father, as what was Paul written:
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
– Romans 8:15
If you have a strict, absentee, “terrorist”, grumpy, or whatever kind of father you have today, God is a complete opposite of all those. And the good thing here is this: He didn’t require us to perform something just for us to be accepted by Him. He just gave up His life for all of us because of His unfailing love towards us, nothing more, nothing less. Just like what Ptr. Noel Ojerio said, “God loves us because He loves us.”
And as His adopted son/daughter, He gave us the power to say NO to sin. In other words, we are no longer slaves to sin. When you are still being flirted by sin, you now have the power to say NO because you are no longer under its power for the power of God is now living in us. And that’s the mark of being in His family.
What are the things that satisfy you? Food? Gadgets? Vacation? Relationship? We know that there are so many things that we think that will satisfy us; we always say, “Basta eto lang, kumpleto na ako.” But those things will only satisfy us in a matter of time. And once again, you will find more of it.
I have a scripture here about the true craving that we should have:
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
– 1 Peter 2:2-3
What we had experience before when we received God’s grace, is the same thing that we should crave up to this time. Just like those things that we crave for, we should crave also for God.
How can we crave God? Once again, GO BACK TO THE WORD. As we crave for those things, I think we should crave more for God’s Word. Just like what the Pringles ad said, “Once you pop, you can’t stop.” Once we open the Word, we should crave for more and one day, you will shout “MORE!! MORE!!”
Why we should crave for God’s Word? Because the Bible has everything we need to live this life. How can we live that is pleasing to God, and here’s the bottom line, God’s promises in your life was there also. And you know that there’s over 7,000 promises in the Bible? And here’s another Good News, the Word of God is Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14).
Crave for more of God’s Word. God’s Word is the one that will sustain you more.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
– John 6:35
When it comes on sharing the Gospel, sometimes we are so passionate on doing it. But somehow, fears starts crawling when God is calling you to share the Gospel to the person that every time you see, you were shaken. For example, God calls you to share the Gospel to your bully, how can you do that if that person is bullying you every time he sees you. Or maybe, share the Gospel to your family, specifically to your dad, how will you response?
Once again, let us look back on the life of a disciple called Ananias when he was called by Jesus to minister to Saul:
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
– Acts 9:11-16
As we see, fear crawled on Ananias because Jesus called him to minister to a man who persecute Christians during that time. But, Jesus told him, “GO!” Ananias just showed to all of us that yes fear will going to crawl in our body when God has called us to share the Gospel. At the end, he put his trust on God. He followed the will of God for he knew that the man that he will going to minister has been called also.
And what’s the outcome? An ordinary disciple, ministered to the man who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and that man became one of the greatest apostles. That Saul became what we called Paul the Apostle. When God placed you in the place of Ananias, FEAR NOT! Who knows? If the person that you will going to share the Gospel will become great someday.
To be a disciple of Jesus, what shall we do and what shall happen? One of the signs is if you bear fruit. First, what are those fruit?
As we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are now part of one big vine. As Jesus said to His disciples on John 15:1-2:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
– John 15:1-2
Let us focus on “every branch that does bear fruit he prunes”.
Before we met God and when we already have God in our life, we have some things in our life that we feel some security like money, fame, title, family name, relationship, etc. Pruning moments come when those things remove from your life and when trials came. Yes, that’s very very hard, but pruning our life is necessary for us to experience His power and for us to grow more with our relationship with God.
When pruning moments came, what shall we do? Here’s what Jesus said:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;”
– John 15:5a
When these things happen, just hold on to Jesus. Don’t give up. Remain in His Words. Don’t rely on your own wit, strength, and understanding. Remain in Jesus.
“apart from me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5b
As we remain in Him, continue to hold on to Him, at the end of the day, you will be more fruitful and God will surely reward you.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
– John 15:7
Continue your walk with God. Continue to rely in Him.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
– John 15:8
In the first part of the series, it tackled about the encounter of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.
All of us want to be used by God. But sometimes, we have a lot of excuses for us not to do His will. most especially when it comes on sharing the Gospel to your friends, classmates, and even to your family. We always saying to God, “Lord, dyahe naman eh! For sure, i-insultuhin lang ako ng mga classmates ko kapag shineran ko sila ng Gospel.”, and a lot of other excuses.
Let us look back on the encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Prior to the encounter…
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
– Acts 8:26
As he was on the road, he met an Ethiopian eunuch came from Jerusalem, and the Spirit told him to go near the chariot (Acts 8:27-29). And during that brief encounter, he shared the Good News about Jesus Christ to the eunuch (Acts 8:30-34). After that, the eunuch ordered to stop the caravan in an oasis for him to be baptized (Acts 8:36-38). What’s the result, the eunuch went home full of joy (Acts 8:39).
What does Philip wanted to say to us?
Even you are an ordinary person here, you can make an extraordinary impact to others by sharing the Gospel. no matter what your past is (Philip and the other apostles didn’t have any formal education), but look on their impact. Because of them, the first church was established.
And the most important thing he did is this, he grabbed the opportunity to share the Gospel to the eunuch. He just followed the chariot and that’s it. What’s the connection of his actions to us sharing the Gospel? EVERY MOMENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL. You do not need to be a pastor or an expert of theology for you to share the Gospel, a single encounter with God is enough. And the good thing here is this, because of that, YOU CAN BE A VITAL LINK TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO KNOW GOD.
Grab every moment to share the Gospel to your classmates, friends, and to your family members. Do not be afraid on what they will say and will do to you, for God will give you the power to overcome those. To those FB addicts like me, use your Facebook to share the Gospel. Don’t miss a moment, maybe tomorrow is too late.
Yes we ‘re just an ordinary person, but an ordinary person like us can make an extraordinary difference.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
– 2 Corinthians 10:4