2007-12-28

Imitation of Christ & Living Out Christ

We are all called to be Christ's clone in the world Rom 8:29. We are to imitate Christ. But we all know that Christ's model is of the highest standard and we have trouble imitating it. There are many who shy away from admitting they are Christians in front of others because they know that even non-believers has some high expectation of Christians. There are some who decline leadership because they don't think they can live up to the standards required of leadership.

In my own experience, when being reminded of the need to correct some bad behavior, or to start some new pr0ject, I told God that it was very hard of me. I argued that it is the way I was built. I am strong in there and weak in here. Can you, God, let it go ? But God reminded me that it was not a good accuse. He understands our weaknesses and hence has given us Jesus Christ in Us (CIU) Col 1:27. We have --- 2Co 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." And ---2Co 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Our imitation of Christ is only possible when we draw from the Grace that is in Christ in us. We need to live out the Christ in us. It is impossible to live to Christ's standard by our own effort.

2007-12-13

Bible for Business" Seminar#3

We had a wonderful discussion in "Bible for Business Seminar#3" yesterday night. We use "Breadtalk" as illustration of a mission statement showing how mission statement influence the way do our business. Most of the materials covered were given in BJ#2 Have A Mission Statement. We encouraged all to review their mission statement using the following guidelines:
  1. Inspiring ?
  2. Long Term Value and Worth - treasures of the heart.
  3. Singleness in Purpose
  4. Action Verbs: GO, Become, Be .....
  5. The Scope, the How and the What of resources.
  6. Targeted & Concise & Easily Understood & communicated.
Sometimes, we may need look at what is not to help us clarify our mission statement.

As our resources are limited. We stress on removing waste. Waste are those those activities that do not contribute to the accomplishment of your mission. We should channel those resources into activities that do support the mission. There is the need to prioritize our activities and use of resources. A participant shared that we should follow the Holy Spirit one step at a time.

The next seminar is on 8 Jan 2008 8pm at Church. It will be "Discovering your Calling and setting your personal Mission statement". See you there.

The participants, about 17, gave the seminar an overall rating of 90%. Some feedbacks were:

What they Liked Best:
  1. Discovering your caling for God in having/forming a mission and praying for a vision-looking forward to understand that for our busines. All explaned is valuable and helpful
  2. The fact that all bases are covered starting with the foundations of understanding who God made you to be and how to articulate it through having a personal and business mission statement. Looking forward to covering "vision" segement. Thanks again.
  3. BZ mission + vision must tough life, relationship + network(value)
  4. "Mission statement - why it is so important & crucial
  5. Asking the right questions."
  6. Perspective of mission
  7. How to define your mission and vision. Showing example how corporation work
  8. The Q&A session. Inspired me to think deeper into the topic of discussion.
Others
  1. more image or illustrations linked to the topics
  2. advertise this seminar to greater group of audience
  3. try not to rush the topic too fast
On Speaker
  1. very knowledgeable, full of passion
  2. bring Holy Spirit in to the subject. E.g. How Holy Spirit can help in the achievement of your mission

2007-12-11

Giving & Receiving in Christmas

Christmas is about the greatest gift of God, His Son, Jesus Christ, to man.
It is the greatest from God's viewpoint - His only Son given to die and to pay for man's sin.
It is the greatest from man's viewpoint - Man can now live forever with God.

We catch the spirit of the loving God - giving of Himself.
We say the spirit of Christmas is about giving.

However, now that God, in His love, has given us the best and greatest gift, it is more important for us to receive His gift of love.

A gift of love not received is a great pain to the giver. The greater the love and the gift, the greater the pain that rejection causes. Don't reject this love from God. Receive His gift of Jesus Christ.

I prayed that in this Christmas, many will truly receive the Gift of Jesus Christ from God and be born anew into a new joyful relationship with God the Father. The very wish of God the Father is for us to receive His Son, the Gift.

Let us learn to receive the gifts of love from those who dearly love us this Christmas.
Christmas is more than just giving but also properly receiving the gifts of love, especially, the receiving the greatest Gift of all from God our heavenly Father.