The Greatest Servant

Hey homies I read Mark 9:33-35 today. Found it a really convicting read! A solid 3 verses!

It opens with Jesus and His disciples arriving at Capernaum and Jesus asks them “What were you arguing about on the road?” but they all stay silent because they were arguing about who was the greatest. They all want to be the greatest but they don’t want to fess up to it but Jesus knows their hearts and Jesus cares to sow into them. Jesus replies to them with this :

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35

What a slap in the face it must have been to the disciples! Like OH DANG, Jesus knows what we were talking and arguing about and now He’s rebuking us, awww mannn. What do you mean the greatest has to be the servant of all and the very last? :( The craziest thing is though, I’m pretty sure Jesus is actually talking about Himself here because just a few verses ago He was saying :

“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.
They will kill Him,
and after three days He will rise.”

– Mark 9:31

Jesus upon the cross was the servant of all. He became the absolute very last as He was scorned, beaten, mocked, shamed and ultimately crucified. He died for all of mankind, to be their servant, dying in their place means that He ended up in dead last. (Pun absolutely not intentional ;P)

But this is EXACTLY the reason why Jesus then becomes the first. Jesus because He was the last becomes the first. Jesus is the first and the last. As He rose again and ascended to sit at the right hand of God he became the GREATEST that the disciples were arguing over.

I wrote a random poem at the end as I was thinking about how insanely logic defying what Jesus did on the cross for mankind.


Everyone wants to be the greatest but they don’t realise the cost
They don’t realise that Jesus is the greatest because He goes to the cross
You can see the significance of it all
As you see that which He lost

Relation with the Father, broken as the Father’s face turned away
On the cross did He hang because love drove Him to stay
So that the world would all hear, so they would know and believe
That Jesus alone is the Life, Truth and the Way


“If anyone wants to be first, He must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35

“Don’t be afraid; just believe…”

Quiet Time – 4.10.2016 [Mark 5:21-43]

Hey homie I just read Mark 5:21-43. It’s where Jesus gets asked by Jairus to heal his daughter who is dying. He goes there but gets ambushed by a crowd and a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years touches His cloak in faith and gets healed. Jesus then continues on to Jairus’ household who’ve said that his daughter is already dead, but Jesus is like lols not really. They laugh at Him and then He proceeds to bring back Jairus’ daughter from death.

It’s really apparent to me from this passage that the nature of faith in Jesus defies the circumstances you see around you.

Jairus

We get introduced to a character called Jairus who is a synagogue ruler who has a little daughter who is dying. He comes to Jesus and earnestly pleads with Him. “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her and she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.”

Jairus believes and trusts in the rumours he’s heard about the Man who has healed so many before.

Woman

As they travel on their way to Jairus’ home it has this sandwiched section about this woman who has been bleeding for 12 years. She’s suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors, spent ALL she’s had but instead of getting better, she’s gotten worse! This is the picture of someone who’s hit rock bottom who has no where else to turn. “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” Just like Jairus she trusts in the rumours she’s heard about the Man who has healed so many before.

She pleads by faith because she has nothing else to hold onto and no one else to turn to.

Jesus

Jesus instantly realises that power has gone out of Him and asks a pretty silly question considering the circumstances.

“Who touched my clothes?”

“Jesus buddy, there’s a billion people crowding around you and you’re asking who touched your clothes?” is probably what His disciples are thinking. What they don’t realise is that Jesus is infinitely powerful and aware of every single bit of His power. The woman falls at His feet trembling with fear and tells Him the whole truth.

She’s realised that with one touch this Man has done more for her than anyone in her 12 years. Jesus’ power is huge and goes beyond our circumstances.

Daughter

Men then come from Jairus’ house and say that his daughter is already dead, don’t bother the Teacher anymore, it’s too late… But…. Jesus IGNORES them and says to Jairus these absolutely incredible words into this situation. “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” If there’s ever a time to be afraid and panic for Jairus it’s now. He’s just missed his little daughters last few hours of life to find some dude who could heal her but it’s too late now. No one comes back from the dead. They keep going to Jairus’ house welcomed to much wailing and crying. Jesus says “The child is not dead but asleep.” to which everyone laughs at Him. Truly no one comes back from the dead. But surely enough Jesus goes to visit Jairus’ daughter and absolutely defying all logic and circumstance raises her from the dead.

“Talitha Koum!” – “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”

Jesus’ power defies our circumstances and situations. He calls us to respond to who He is in faith. Trusting that He can do what we can’t even imagine.

Application

– I’m actually meant to relate to Jairus. We have to continually and earnestly plead with God. We’ve heard and seen God’s power and we need to rely on it day by day.

– I’m actually meant to relate to the woman in the crowd. In my sin I was at rock bottom and had no where else to turn to and no one else to turn to. Jesus called me to rely upon who He is completely for my salvation. You only plead when you have nothing else to offer. However that reliance upon Jesus continues NOW. Right now I need to keep living by faith knowing and trusting that God can do more in a single touch than I or anyone else could ever do.

Don’t be afraid; just believe. Jesus absolutely defies what my circumstances say around me. I can’t live by sight, I have to live by faith. In fact my circumstances will actually contradict what Jesus has promised for us.

One of the things I struggle to see past my circumstances with right now is with my work. RICE desires to fundraise support for me so I can work for them in a full time capacity for their Gospel ministry. However I am prone to look at my circumstances and point out all the flaws and difficulties of raising enough support for me. I’m not properly trusting God to provide what I need. Jesus promises that I’ll have exactly what I need but I doubt that promise because of my circumstances.

Jesus WILL provide for me what I need. That sometimes might not look like what I expect but whatever does happen it’s going to be perfect for me in that situation! Faith is trusting in God’s promises despite your circumstances seemingly contradicting them. Pray that I might live by faith and not by sight!


“While Jesus was still speaking; some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

– Mark 5:35-36

A Letter to Christians with Eczema

Hey there this is a shout out and message for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling with or who have wrestled with eczema.

I’ve been really blessed in the last 2 years as I’ve been on immunosuppressants which have helped ENORMOUSLY to maintain and control my eczema. However, I went to the hospital recently and they want to do a test on me which requires me to be off my medication for a few weeks. So in the last 2 weeks or so I’ve had heaps of people asking me why my face is so red, or why I look like I’m sunburnt or had too much to drink. (xD – also the picture below doesn’t really show it because I don’t know how to turn off beauty face LOL) All this reminded me of what it was like when I had eczema at my worst. The constant pain. The social fears. The insecurities. The insomnia. The dark spiral of depression.

Inevitably eczema affects every facet of our lives, of how we see life, other people, ourselves and even God. Can I just say that even though I don’t completely understand all of your circumstances, since all of us are different, I can empathise and sympathise with you homies. I feel your pain, frustration and sadness.

From the times where you shy from photos. When you choose to stay at home avoiding people. When you wear clothing to cover your scars and exposed skin. When your friends from church ask you why you missed service. The fear of having a shower. The sleepless nights. The constant visits and disappointments from the hospitals and dermatologists. The times where you notice people’s eyes wander as they talk to you. The times where you’re afraid to look at your bed and floor. The times where you’re crushingly depressed because you feel your body is trying to fight your happiness and satisfaction constantly. The feeling when you feel like you’re becoming a different person. The feeling of not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The pain and rawness of crying out to God and seemingly getting no response.

I feel you fam.

You’re not alone.

If this is how you feel can I encourage you with 3 things that you may already know but are so important to remember and hold onto.

1) Our God is the God of all comfort.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Our God is not one of indifference, ignorance or sadism. Our God is one who cares for His people “who comforts us in ALL our troubles.” There is not a single trouble or affliction that God’s children cannot bring to Him. So if that is true, go to Him, cry out to Him, He hears and promises to comfort you.

“Cast all your anxieties on Him for He cares for you.”

– 1 Peter 5:7

As you pray and cry out to God, listen to Him. Read His Living Word! You have in your bible the very Words of God that He uses to comfort His people! So read and seek comfort from the One who promises to give it. In fact here’s one of the great comforts that God tells us in His Word about what the New Creation will be like :

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.”

– Revelation 21:4

Every. Single. Tear.

The earlier verse from 2 Corinthians mentions that we are comforted by God “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves have received from God.” This is the reason why I wrote this article. So that I, who has been comforted by God, can also comfort you with the Words of God which have comforted me.

2) Jesus is in control.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

– Psalm 139:13-16

God has made you exactly how He desired to make you. It’s not as if God said to me, “Oh… sorry Popo I didn’t mean to let you get eczema… I messed up…” Nothing could be further from the truth. God has lovingly, actively chosen to mold and shape you exactly as you are, including your eczema. The fact that we live in a sinful fallen and corrupted world means things like disease and illness happen but even in this context God chooses to use sin and disease for His purposes. He goes even as far as to say :

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

– Romans 8:28

God works through ALL things for the good of His people. There is not a SINGLE situation that God misses, forgets or overlooks. In everything, He works for the good of His people. Now at this point I have to talk about what the bible means when it uses the word “good.” Thankfully the next verse in Romans gives us the answer, that the “good” that mentioned in v28 is that His people will be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. God works through ALL things for the good of His people as He uses every single situation to make them more like Jesus. Take heart, your eczema falls in this category. Your eczema is not pointless or meaningless. God actively uses your eczema to make you more like Jesus.

3) Your identity is not found in how you look or how people see you.

“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

– John 1:12

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”

– Romans 8:15-16

You are not defined by how you look. You are not defined by how people see you. You are not defined by how you see or feel about yourself. For those who trust and call Jesus LORD you have the great privilege of being God’s children. He does not see Popo the kid who has eczema. He sees me as one of His children. He loves His children so dearly that He Himself dwells within us! His Spirit dwells in us and conforms us to the likeness of Jesus.

Your identity is not found in how you look or how people see you but in how God sees you. You are His delight. You are His joy. You are His child.

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Popo | Not a red-faced kid with eczema but a beloved child of the living God.


Cry out to God for He is the God of all comfort.

Trust that Jesus is in control. He uses all things for your good, to make you more like Jesus.

Remember that your identity is not tied to how you look or how others see you. You are a beloved child of God.


I know I’ve talked about alot of different things and maybe you’ve heard it all before. That’s fine. I just want to let you guys know that you’re not alone. I feel you homies. God has not forgotten you and He loves you dearly as His child.

If you ever want someone to talk, pray or cry with shoot me a message and I’d be happy to.

 

Much love,

Your Brother in Christ who also struggles,
Popo

 

Charles Simeon – A Sinner Used by God

Just wanted to share a few quotes and encouragement from a sermon that John Piper gave on the life of Charles Simeon, definitely worth a listen :

“My dear brother, we must not mind a little suffering for Christ’s sake. When I am getting through a hedge, if my head and shoulders are safely through, I can bare the pricking of my legs. Let us rejoice in the remembrance that our Holy Head has surmounted all His suffering, and triumphed over death, let us follow Him patiently, we shall soon be partakes of His victory.”

Charles Simeon talking about the days when the pews were locked, and people were standing and there couldn’t be a big crowd because you can’t fit too many in the aisles and the edges :

“In this state of thing I saw no remedy but faith and patience. The passage of scripture which subdued and controlled my mind was this : The servant of the Lord must not strive. It was painful indeed to the church with the exception of the aisles, almost forsaken. But I thought that if only God would give a double blessing to the congregation that did attend, there would, on the whole, be as much good done as if the congregation were doubled and the blessing limited to only half the amount. This comforted me many many times, when without such a reflection I would have sunk under my burden.”

Love hearing about this dude. Great hearing about how Christ has used and taught our brothers in the faith in the past ages. A bit of insight into the life of Charles Simeon :http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/biographies/brothers-we-must-not-mind-a-little-suffering

“He grew downward in humiliation and grew upward in adoration of Christ.”

“He did not think it was helpful or inappropriate to get rid of feelings of vileness or unworthiness as soon as he could. For him adoration grew in the freshly plowed soil of humiliation. Adoration grew best, and tallest, and strongest in the freshly plowed soil.”

“I have continually had such a sense of my sinfulness as would sink me to utter despair, if I had not an assured view of the sufficiency and willingness of Christ to save me to the uttermost.”

“With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before man, but I at the same time I have labored incessantly to cultivate the greatest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God having forgiven me, was any reason why I should forgive myself. On the contrary I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more in proportion as I was assured of God being pacified towards me. Ezekiel 16:63. Therefore there are but two objects that I have ever desired for these 40 years to behold. One is my own vileness. The other is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And I have always thought that they should be viewed together, just as Aaron confessed all the sins of Israel while he put them on the scapegoat. The disease did not keep him from applying to the remedy, nor did the remedy keep him from feeling the disease. By this I think not only to be humbled AND thankful but to be humbled IN thankfulness.”

The scripture system : “Brokenness of heart is the key to the whole bible.”

“Repentance is in every view so desirable, so necessary, so suited to honor God. That I seek that above all. The tender heart, the broken contrite spirit are to me far above all the joys than I could ever hope for in this veil of tears. I long to be in my proper place, my hand upon my mouth and my mouth in the dust. I feel this is safe ground. Here I cannot err. I’m sure that whatever God may despise He will not despise a broken and contrite heart.”

Stay blessed brothers and sisters!

Much love

Bboy 3:16 – Blank Canvas Crew

Jesus, Dance, No Turning Back

How Great Is Our God.

This is so awesome. Brought tears to my eyes.

http://www.faithit.com/what-happens-when-worship-leaders-from-around-the-world-take-the-stage-with-chris-tomlin-just-watch/#.UlpI_36c-DE.facebook

Psalm 67:3-5

“May the peoples praise you, O God; May all the peoples praise You. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the Earth. May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You.”

Heaven will be dope. God’s people being united together of all races, languages, cultures, peoples as one people. To worship and serve the Lord forever for He is worthy of all praise. Come Jesus come.