Started drafting from around 14 Jan 2012
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling on to what is good.
What do you feel when people call you a Christian, a deacon, a small group leader, a father, a mother, an elder or a pastor? Do you run away, or just try to fulfill your responsibility?
Since a few months ago, especially from the start of the year, some people who never came to me before have been coming to me. It is not about being noble. When people with problems come to you, and share their heart out to you, inevitably, I saw the love of Christ, and compassion just arises from this wooden block of quiet person who knows little, really hoping they could get out of their problems, blessing, encouraging, and opening ways for them to look upon themselves with great potential of how the Lord is going to use them for His kingdom.
The problems of those who come are no longer that of wanting to be successful, be happy in the Lord or how to tell people to walk straight to love the Lord, but beneath that desire or accusations, there are inferiority, guilt that can’t seem to be washed away, having the wrong mindset, gone into problems of boy-girl relationship, practical marriage problems, temptations and thus bondage, getting all sorts of dark hints and cannot get out of them, feeling all-time frustrated just because growing children is so difficult, etc. They are just like one without having a shepherd. Sometimes, I just felt I haven’t been expressing well enough to them about the loving kindness of Christ to them, and the truth in love of Christ to them, and I cry out to God if there is any way I can don’t accuse them, or if there is any way I can don’t let them go so easily into the ways of men as to remain in their problems.
We can shepherd others actually because we have shepherded our own spiritual problems. Many times, we can just pass by our problems, be happy and thank God, but when people need an answer from us, if we cannot give it to them, it actually means we have not really shepherded ourselves correctly. If we have not loved ourselves and given ourselves with the answer of the cross of Christ, so that we are freed by the answer on the cross, it is therefore we cannot shepherd them. If we can see the love of the cross of Christ entering our spirits, we know we are Holy Spirit filled. It is then we know God will give us the answers to help the ones who come to us.
Do you hear the calling of the Lord, to be equipped in season and out of season, because many need the help from you? They do not need great answers, and they may reject your answers, but what they need a shepherd on the cross to love them. When you love them sincerely with the love of God, just like Christ looking down from the cross on us with forgiveness, the Lord will give you power.