How much can God work on our lives? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 August 2015 14:12

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

The gospel told us that there are actually two ways to how God may work into our lives—first, to how much we allow Him, and second, to how much we can believe Him.    The earlier contemplates the gentleness of our Father; He doesn’t push or obligate us to obey Him. He only gets to the scene when we invite Him, for every day He knocks at the door of our hearts and He waits that we open that He could come in and “dine with us”—meant to be our constant companion (Rev. 3:20).

The latter is the faith factor. God works on our lives to the degree of our faith. Once, Jesus went back to his hometown Nazareth, after a long time. It must have been an exciting and a happy home coming! Jesus must have wanted to also replicate the same miracles He performed in other cities and towns. Nonetheless, He was surprised to see instead the total unbelief of the people.

His town folks murmured if how could it be, He as the Messiah! They said that He was the same guy whom they knew from childhood until he left. Their minds could not just simply assimilate the new truth which contradicted to their reasons. Thus, the Bible said, “and He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.” (Mk. 6:5, ESV)

These are the simple questions: Can you allow Him to work freely in your life and without limit? It is about surrender– total surrender to the Father. Can you believe Him to work limitlessly in your life? Remember, God has no limits. He only spoke when He created the heavens and the earth. He just said “Let there be light” and the sun, the moon and the stars came into being, on eternity past.

God though becomes limited when we bar Him through our unbelief. It is our will which God waits—for us to yield on Him. God designed man not as a robot; He created us as free-moral agents who can decide for ourselves. Hence, even in obedience, worship and our daily lives, this law—freewill, works. God can never break the same statute which He instituted.

Do you know or got any idea as to what are the actual plans of God into our lives, and that if we only can allow Him to unravel those to us, things will really be gloriously different!  “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’–the things God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9, NIV)

What waits to each of us is always greater, better and more. However, such gets short-circuited through our doubts and unbelief. It is necessary then that we walk every day with a renewed mind. There are characters in the Bible who came from obscure lives but yielded their lives to the Lord, now the subsequent results are massive changes ahead of them.

David is considered to be the greatest king of Israel. His story didn’t start though big. He was only an ordinary “animal-keeper” of the family. All of his life was spent in monotony at the back side of the desert. Well, until God set him up to the appointment of his destiny. His life’s story was graciously worded in Ps. 78:70. “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens.” (NIV)

The book of Matthew is the longest amongst the four “gospels” in the New Testament. Matthew penned a masterpiece which declared the Kingship of Christ. But don’t you know that the former life of this writer was not what it seems? He was considered as “sinner” by his society as being a tax collector. His former name was Levi until the Lord changed it to be Matthew. “After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him.” (Lk. 5:27, NIV)

was also St. Paul, who was a persecutor and partly responsible of the martyrdom of Stephen. He was the furious Saul of Tarsus, who acquired the authority of the Sanhedrin to persecute the believers in Damascus. You know his conversion. The Lord crossed his path and there he got born again.

One can’t really tell or judge a person and life for his future because change may happen to him along the way—like St. Paul. Thus, he scribbled his testimony in 1 Cor. 15:9 this way, “for I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (NIV)

After all, every one of us does also have our own individual stories of triviality. In Ps. 113:7, it says, “He lifts the poor from the DUST and the needy from the GARBAGE DUMP.” (NLT) Our pasts are equivalent to useless DUST and stinky GARBAGE, yet God still does love us DESPITE. And this is the best part of the story, God wants to bring to pass all of our dreams and desires if we only will allow Him and believe His capacity. I’m excited to see those things happen!

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