Monthly Archives: March 2014

What is Lent?

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Lent is a solemn religious observance in the church year or liturgical calendar. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). It is time to seek the Lord; it is time to return to the Lord with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. This season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday 05 Mar 2014, lasts forty days and culminates in the Passion Week and subsequently Easter. In this season you should earnestly seek to be reconciled to God and to one another – receive your pardon, to be prepared for faithful ministry – rekindle your passion, and to possess our promised
inheritance – recover your promise. Seven Biblical instances involving 40 days and 40 nights are helpful to expound these matters:

Receive your Pardon: Reconciliation
1) The 40-day ultimatum for Nineveh’s destruction was cancelled when they turned to God with prayer, fasting and repentance (Jonah 3:4-10). When he finally arrived in Nineveh, Prophet Jonah announced doom – ‘forty days more and Nineveh will be overturned.’ The people of Nineveh led by their king turned to God wholeheartedly in fasting and prayer; ‘When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.’ They were reconciled to God. You too can take this season to turn from whatever evil you may have strayed into and receive your pardon.

Rekindle your Passion: Revival
Great prophets spent forty days of fasting and seeking God before clearly determining God’s purpose, and reaching their ministry peaks;
2) Moses received the Ten Commandments after 40 days of fasting and devotion – alone with God – at Mount Horeb (also called Sinai) (Ex 34:28).
3) Elijah received instructions at Mount Horeb about his final phase of ministry and his
successor after 40 days of fasting and seeking God (1Kings 19:7-8).
4) Jesus launched his ministry after 40 days of prayer and fasting and defeating the devil in the Judean wilderness (Matt 4:1-2, 17).
Do your need to rekindle your passion and be a part of a Spirit-led revival? Lent is an
opportunity.

Recover your Promise: Rest
5) The 40-day rainfall that caused a great flood was escaped by Noah and his people through faithful obedience to God and His providence (Gen 7:17-18).
6) It took Moses’ spies 40 days to survey the Promised Land and report. Joshua and Caleb’s account was their ticket into land (Num 13:25, 30).
7) The 40-day tormenting confrontation of Israel by the Philistine Goliath was cut short by David in the name of the Lord God Almighty (17:16, 45-50).

The opportunity of this 40-day Lent period can indeed bring you reconciliation, revival and rest, if you observe it with meaning and purpose.

God bless you.

Stewardship and Leadership

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.’” (Matt 25:23)

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You have been entrusted with something; you are fully in charge today, and your
master has high expectations; you could easily surprise them with exciting
results beyond what was expected. Some S4 leavers are still in shock having
performed better than they anticipated; their parents are elated. On the other
hand, there are some who are dissappointed because they feel their efforts did
not really pay off. Every ‘master’ has entrusted some resource to a ‘servant’ and
waits in high expectation. Stewardship is all about taking good care of the
master’s resources according to the dynamic terms and conditions. Some
‘servants’ under-perform, others perform well as projected, while others
over-perform.

The issue of stewardship touches each and everyone of us. God our Creator made
each of us for a purpose; like the master in Matthew 25:14-30, He gave us life
and resources, and will demand an account at some point in time. The good
steward confidently and gladly brings a precise report, ready to be congragulated.
And the master is happy to reward the good steward with a certificate and
material presents in His Kingdom! But the bad steward requires many words to fit
his shame and excuses, to hide his laziness; by the end of his arrogant and
irritating speech, the master’s mood has sunk and only flares fly; He cracks a
lethal whip on the back of the unsuspecting wicked servant.

Recognize your stewarship opportunity: here in Church, at your workplace, at
home – each task you can attempt is an opportunity. It may be the conventional
prefession, but most of these will be the unlikely, the unexpected, some unique
niche that you alone seems to serve well. While others lengthen complaints and
even exaggerate what is going wrong, the good steward will find a way of
contributing to the solution. In challenging times, are you part of the solution, or
part of the problem? Remember always: hard work and good stewardship brings
satisfaction, confidence, health and joy. Poor stewarship brings resentment, fear,
pain and sorrow. No excuse whatsoever will exonerate you; it is all about being a
good and faithful servant.

God bless you!