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Out of Darkness, Into the Light

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

Sometimes, when you feel overwhelmed, it helps to remember that you are chosen by God, through grace, to inherit eternal life — to be part of His special people.

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The Magic Egg

I was walking around a shopping plaza one day when I passed by a stand that sold magic eggs. Very intrigued, I asked the vendor about it and he gladly showed me samples of eggs that, when cracked, a plant sprouts with messages written on the leaves. It was my friend’s birthday that day so I bought one for him.

The instructions were simple: pour water into the cup holding the egg and expose it to sunlight. That was exactly what my friend did. Instructions said to allow three hours and then the egg will crack. That was exactly what happened. Instructions then said to wait three days for the seed inside to germinate and sprout. One week later when I saw my friend again, he reported bad news: the egg had cracked but there is no plant. We decided to refill it with water and wait another week. Still no results. In the end, this magic egg was no better than a normal chicken egg. Its magic was lost. My friend and I were therefore sad.

Indeed, God expects us to grow in faith. Do we? We cry out to God that this is enough. Is it? We are not magic eggs. We are not meant to grow a plant from within us, much less have messages inscribed on the leaves that we can not even grow. But does God see us in that way? My friend and I were disappointed because we knew that this was a magic egg and it failed to do what it was supposed to do. Let us examine ourselves.

Taking up the cross and following Jesus means doing the impossible. Paul mentions the command given to all Christians when he says: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling (Ephesians 4:1-4).”

When the rich young ruler came to Jesus, he asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus recited the commandments and the ruler replied he had already accomplished them. And then, there is more. Jesus said, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me (Luke 18:22).” Do we give all that we have?

It is impossible to physically give up everything that we have because it would be difficult to survive; but I believe Jesus also meant giving up from the heart. How much of our hearts do we give up to God? Let us reflect. How much do we sacrifice for God? And by God’s standards, which reaches the impossible, will He be satisfied with how much we put in for Him?

Let us be the magic egg that fulfills its part. Hope for that future. Hope for that impossible task God has given us: to give up everything for Him. We have so many duties in the world it is sometimes hard enough to try to give up even 50 percent to Him. However, by trusting in God and putting Him first, maybe we will find that by giving up everything for Him, everything will become just so easy because He is there to guide you through. Philippians 2:13 reads: “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Let us stand up and stand strong for the faith so that in time, we can accomplish His will for us.

The Still Small Voice

“Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.’ And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out…” (1 Kgs 19:11-13)

Do we hear the voice? If we were Elijah, would we have ran after the fire, chased after the wind, looked into the earthquake? Let us learn to be still and create in ourselves a quiet heart and a gentle spirit, because maybe only then we will truly seek and find God. Especially in a world filled with excitement and distractions, it is crucial that we receive this spiritual peace that God gives us. Maybe instead of judging our own actions and making our own decisions, we should stop for a moment and listen to God–listen to the still small voice that is often washed out with our worries and our ambitions. We need to have a heart of quietness to hear because in the end, all that matters is you and Him alone and nothing else.