I am weak but God isn’t!

Today I was reminded of something that I pray that I would not forget. Here is the story.

When God moves your heart, when you hear that voice, don’t hesitate but just do it.

I went outside for an unusual reason. Normally I am very lazy about getting gas for my car, cooking lunch when I’m planning to eat alone, and doing laundry. But for some reason, I decided to do all three of those as soon as I got ready for today.

So I put my rice in the rice cooker and went outside to get some gas for my car and planned to get some coins from a grocery store. But on my way out of campus, I saw this lady .. who often calls me to ask for help.

I passed by her … And as I was putting some gas in my car, God started moving my heart. It seemed that He wanted me to help her today. Do you know what my initial response to Him was? “…I gotta study today.. I already started my day too late.. I got things I need to get done”

Yeah…right…
My mind was busy trying to come up with some excuses to avoid “helping” someone who needs it. A few seconds later, I was thinking “may be she doesn’t really need help.. May be she is waiting for someone.” I was just going to move on, but God reminded me of my own words that I had spoken a few weeks ago.

“I wish I would love other people without favoritism” What I meant by that was this. I want to love other people than whom I love already.

So, still reluctantly, I called the lady and asked if she needed help. And she did need help. That help was a very small thing.. It didn’t take much effort but just a little bit of time God freely granted me with….and guess what? The lady praised God for the little help I offered. That little obedience on my part turned out to be a great answer of her prayer.

This taught me a lot.
How weak and selfish I am.
How good God is that He answered her prayer while teaching me a great lesson. He is so loving and gracious!

I pray that I would not forget what God taught me today. I pray that I would be willing to help anyone who needs it. And I pray that God would fill my heart with the love of Christ so much that I cannot help but to share with the world He loves. And.. Help me be obedient, LORD!

The Foolishness to the World,

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18 For the message of cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

            “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

            the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greek look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

There is nothing for us to boast about but the Gospel.

We do not need to add anything of our own because cross itself is the power and the wisdom of God. And our humanly intelligence cannot grasp the depth and the power of the cross, so it tells us that the cross is foolishness. However, that foolishness is of God, which is wiser than our wisdom. Preach the Gospel. We do not need to add anything to it although we might be mistakenly thinking that our words and thoughts would make it sound better. Preach the Gospel. Preach the cross of Christ.

“The cross is not something to which one may add human wisdom and thereby make it superior; rather, the cross stands in absolute, uncompromising contradiction to human wisdom” (Fee, 66).

Who could have thought of God to be crucified? It is God’s scheme. God’s promise for the redemption of His people had been foretold over and over again throughout the Old Testament. Yet, crucifixion of Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Redeemer, had never come across the minds of the people who heard the message. Why? Because it is, according to Fee’s terms, “too preposterous” and “too humiliating” (Fee, 68).

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (Rom. 1:21-23).

This is the result of human wisdom. All we can do on our own, at the best, is to create something like us and label it ‘God’ and worship our creation. As Paul wrote in verse 21 of 1 Corinthians 1, we did not come to know God. Through the foolishness of what was preached, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, God revealed Himself so vividly to redeem the ones who believe. Things from our own do not help us know God. Only God shows Himself to us so that we may know Him. Then, why do we even try to add our own voice and lowly wisdom to what is so powerful as it is? Why do we try to empty the power of cross?

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians1:17).

Cross was the way of God. Cross was the way no one had expected. God works in the ways that often seem “foolish” to us.  Paul in v.22-23 says, “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greek look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified

Fee informs us, “Messiah meant power, splendor, triumph; crucifixion meant weakness, humiliation, defeat. Little wonder that both Jew and Greek were scandalized by the Christian message” (Fee, 75). The Jews could not be angrier than they were about such a blasphemous message. For Greek, the message could not be crazier than it is. But that was the way of God by which He gives salvation to all who believe. For those who are called, the crucifixion of Christ is the power and the wisdom that is the greatest of all.

Sometimes, I find myself being frightened by the demands of the world. I become anxious, thinking ‘what if I do not know the answers?’ or ‘what if I cannot show them what they are looking for?’ But there is no need for me to worry. What the world really needs is not my wisdom and knowledge, but Christ crucified. Christ resurrected. Christ the living. This is a simple truth that I have known since I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, yet I often forget. This is not to say that I want to be lazy about learning and growing in my knowledge. I should not be lazy. But through this passage, God is reminding me that what I need to take with me when I go out to the world is the Gospel, the living power and wisdom of the one true living God.

 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans1:16).

Source Used.

Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. In The New International Commentary on the New Testament.Grand Rapids,MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1987.

Come Praise and Glorify

I heard and sang this song for the first time yesterday in chapel. And it is just so good that I wanted to share with everybody.

 

The Command to Keep

5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command

but one we have had from the beginning.

I ask that we love one another.

6 And this is love:

that we walk in obedience in his commands.

As you have heard from the beginning,

his command is that you walk in love.

(2John 1:5-6/NIV)

Amen!

In any circumstances,

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14/NIV)

God is good all the time. His goodness never fails. When we focus on our circumstances, many times we find ourselves discouraged, overwhelmed, and afraid. But, there is no need for us to be that way. Focus on who God is. The God I serve and trust is good always. Let’s praise Him and give our hearts to Him, and He will take care of all other things according to His goodness.

Happy New Year, 2012!

My last blog post of the year of 2011 was written in September, and it is already January 2, 2012. It is one of Korean church traditions that church members gather together on New Year’s Eve to have fellowship and worship. Depending on individual churches, the service(s) starts between 11:00pm and 11:30pm and lasts for an hour or few hours. So, as usual, I started this year during the worship service. The message was on the qualification of a spiritual leader, and God refreshed my mind and allowed me to examine myself as a teacher. And, during the Sunday worship service, He reminded me that I need to trust Him firmly because He is faithful and keeps His promise. He taught me that the biggest blessing that I can ever receive is God’s presence in my life.

I took a moment to reflect upon my last year, 2011. There were several major changes in my life. I started my first ministry at New Orleans Korean United Methodist Church, where I have been loved by so many good people. My family got permanent resident cards in April, 2011, which my family had been praying for over a few years. I got a new on-campus job that I love.  And as you can see from my last blog, I got engaged to the most amazing guy ever! Besides these, God has blessed me with countless things. Although there were times when I felt sad, discouraged, angry, and so forth, all I could remember was the blessings God poured out on me. I could see that God had been in my life, and I believe He will continue to be with me.

Though I cannot see what tomorrow will hold, I can trust my God who has always been with me and given me abundant blessings. Happy New Year, 2012! and I pray that I would always remember that I have received the greatest blessing, the presence of God.

woooheee

I have been very lazy about updating my blog.. It is almost like I can’t even tell people that I am a blogger. Haha

But a very very very very special event, unexpectedly, happened yesterday afternoon.

So, here I am posting this page just to announce a huge change in my life .

I am ENGAGED !!!!!!

:)

I have a fiancé now ;D and I love him sooooooooooooooooo much!

-H-