by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: John 3:22-4:3; Proverbs 3:16-18
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”
It is interesting to note that ministry competition is not a recent phenomenon! Because of a dispute, people started going to Jesus instead of John. And some Jews (most likely the Pharisees, cf. 4:1), seizing the opportunity to sow some ministry discord, went to tell John about it. To their surprise, John readily accepted the “loss”, and affirmed Jesus’ person and work instead!
How easy it is for us to be discouraged by the success of others. And there will always be some who delight in stirring strife and causing envy. If I am not sure about my identity and calling, then someone else’s glory makes me glum and grumpy. Learning from John the Baptist, the next time I am tempted to discount another man’s success – I will take the opportunity to affirm his work, and encourage his soul. In so doing, I might just deepen a friendship, and my own soul would certainly be strengthened.
In You, Lord, I find my worth. Help me to rejoice when another man is blessed.
by Rev Joel Yong
This is the message that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah. He said, “Listen to the terms of this promise, and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is anyone who doesn’t listen to the terms of this promise. I made this promise to your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, which was an iron smelter. I said, “Obey me, and do everything that I have told you to do. Then you will be my people, and I will be your God.
The most important proof of our relationship with God is that we obey Him.
It’s not about showing Him photo proof or certificate that we have church membership or that we underwent a baptism event.
The thief on the cross was welcomed into Heaven despite being unable to get down off the cross and do anything else!
With all his heart, he believed in who Jesus was and what Jesus could do for him!
But for the rest of us- with years to spare- we would do well to consider, “What does it mean to say ‘I believe in You Jesus’?”
Is the way we live our life and the words we profess, consistent?
Saying “You alone are God” and AT THE SAME TIME living as if He alone is God- is the kind of relationship God desires to have with us.
Think about it – for a man to say “You are the only one for me.” to his professed love, whilst running around with other women – what does that do??