Skip to content

God’s call to all

As a young Christian many moons ago, the question “what is God calling you to do?” always made me nervous. Honestly, I rather answer the question “what do you want to do after college?” Somehow, when words like GOD, CALL, and CALLING are used together, I wanted to run away screaming!

Fortunately, I did not run for long before stopping to investigate. Bionically, the word “call” is used most often to refer to God’s initiative to bring people to Christ and to join in his redeeming work in the world. This sense of calling is especially prominent in the letters of Paul, even if the word “call” is actually used, especially in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

As sons and daughter of God, our calling to a particular kind of work is secondary to the call to belong to Christ and to participate in his redemptive work. And it is goes way beyond church attendances. The great commission’s call really encompasses everything necessary to make the world what God always intended it to be.

Each of us are called upon by God, to do our part and obeying the call: praying, studying, following, giving, going in sending! His work of redemption can occur in every workplace through justice, healing, reconciliation, compassion, kindness, humility and patience (Colossians 3:12).  God’s call to all is finding and living life in Him and to be so “infectious” that others will run towards Jesus.   For me, it does not mean we need to have a perfect “showroom-ready” lives to impress people, but rather,  1) living boldly in line with our identity as son and daughters of God, and 2) constantly deepening our understanding and experience of Abba’s agape love.

Ability to ask for Help = Strength

A boy courageously, but unsuccessfully, attempted to move a heavy log to clear a pathway on his hiking trail. His dad stood quietly nearby, watching his son straining against the load. Finally he said, “Son, why aren’t you using all of your strength?”  Confused and disappointed, the boy responded, “Dad, I’m using every last little bit of strength I have!”

“No, son; you’re not,” his dad quietly responded. “You haven’t asked me to help.”

Effective leaders know to reach beyond themselves for strength. They recognize, develop and utilize the strength of people around them. This holds true for effective and healthy organizations; they develop and build healthy strategic partnership both internally and externally.

Strategic partnership is not cliché; even our heaven Father is the embodiment of a perfect partnership. In a truly mystifying way,  there has always been perfect communion, perfect community, and perfect partnership within the divine Trinity. We also have a human example in King David. At one of the lowest moment in his life, David still was intentional in forming relationships with diverse groups of people. When he escaped to the cave of Adullam, 400 men who were distressed or in debt or discontented gathered around him. In addition, David connected with the king of Moab, a political power, who also provided shelter for his parents. Finally, David listened as the prophet Gad offered the fugitive direction from God. The pattern continues throughout his life.  From fighting on the battlefields to preparing the materials for the Temple, David possessed the foresight to know that he couldn’t do it alone.

Before we engage in the routine swipe the screen,  it is good to take a moment to review various partnership we have in our lives. Some relationship adds to our lives, some subtract. May you find the ones that multiple into your lives and stay clear away from the ones that divide!

Taiwan (July 14, 2017)

Being Missional in the Marketplace

Marketplace is the heart of the city and nation. When marketplace Christians begin to move in their anointing, the whole world will hear the voice of God. These are statements from mission strategist, Ed Silvoso. The challenge is to transform our own mindset regarding marketplace and missions. The adversaries lie in the unfounded belief that differentiates between Church work and the work of the Church; separation of church and society, clergy and laity, sacred and secular. The truth is that Kingdom advancement is the body of Christ manifesting the God’s love, power and glory to impact every realm of culture; including the marketplace.
John Wimber (1934–1997) was a famous music producer in the early 1960s before becoming one of founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement.  The Beatles had at one time approached Wimber to become their producer.  However, church that Wimber was attending as a young believer believed against the association with the secular or popular culture.  So, Wimber turned down the offer.  Things might have panned out differently if Wimber had accepted that offer, noting the high possibility that the members of The Beatles might have converted to Christianity given Wimber’s evangelistic fervor. It might have been The Beatles could have been a potentially powerful and influential force for God.

 

There is an important integration of the Church, mission, marketplace and nations.  I firmly believe that God called every believer to be “missional” in their lives and thinking to impact culture; without assigning the responsibility to “missionaries” or only “turn it on” during short-term mission trips. Much of these work are taking place in the market place. Moreover, many mission organizations are re-imagining and re-aligning with this cultural mandate.

Alibaba, Counterfeits, and China’s Shortcut Corporate Culture

For a long time, China has had the dubious honor of being famous for its ability to produce “knock-off” branded goods for sale. Many Chinese businesses also have been caught for their shady accounting practices and tricks that many businesses relied on to increase valuation for unsuspecting investors or partners. Explosive growth of e-tailers like Taobao (淘宝) and JD.com (京东), along with these two infamous schemes, created a perfect storm.

Read more…

Science and art collide in a super fun & elegant way…

How are Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease different?

How are Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease different?.

Awakened and Positioned for Harvest

Living in Asia, I have the honour to see God waking up godly men and women in various countries to their kingdom assignments. Yet there are still many born-again believers who are half-awake spiritually. They have accepted salvation through Jesus Christ. They attend services, read the Bible, and may even be leaders in the church. They may sense or have been taught about the Kingdom of God, but its constructs and impacts are very minor concerns. The analogy is this: why get up early on a Saturday morning if there are no pressing things to wake up to? It is not just a matter of more people waking up to the reality of the Kingdom of God, but receiving our individual kingdom assignment so we can stay awake and be positioned for the harvest!

Read more…