Sunday, 26 April 2015
Rev. Daniel Poon
In order to receive a life of blessings, we need to have the right attitudes. Today Rev. Daniel gave us further insights of how we should change our attitudes and ways of thinking, in order to receive this blessed life God has promised each one of us.
1.Recognize the blessings
Pastor talked to us about the well-known story of the prodigal son and his elder brother in Luke 15:11-13. The younger son did not see his blessings in the family and ran away to the world, but when he came back, his father still embraced him. On the other hand, the older son did not ran away, but his heart was full of bitterness, and when he saw how his brother was treated after his return, the elder son was very upset.
‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. (Luke 15:31)
Rev. Daniel reminded us that it’s so hard for people to see the blessings in our everyday lives. It’s easy to find faults and complain, but difficult to see how God protected and provided for us every day. Gradually we took what we have for granted, and became blind to see God’s hands in our lives.
We don’t live in prison. God has given us freedom to choose, so if we choose to stay at where we are, then see the treasures around us. God is with us every day and He sees our every struggle, therefore we should recognise this and stop complaining.
2.Utilize the Blessings
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galations 5:13)
God give us the blessings to serve one another humbly in love, not to use our advantages to indulge in our own desires. Rev. Daniel also reminded us that it’s important to always examine how we think. Because how we think is often reflected by our words and actions. If we wasted our blessings in things that benefit our own desires, then it will not bear fruits no matter how hard we try.
3.Live in the Blessings
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The big commandment is the ultimate goal for us to follow on this earth. After recognising and utilizing our blessings, if we don’t spread the Good News to people around us, then everything we do become pointless, and every blessing we receive become wasteful. Because no matter how much we do, we can never satisfy our or others’ desires, except for Jesus Christ to come into our lives, renew us, change us, equip us, and show us the purposes God has created in our lives.
Rev. Daniel blessed us with John 1:2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” What a wonderful promise from God! Let us press on, strive hard, and follow this life of blessings until the end of time!