“So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Lk 16:8)
In the parable of the unjust servant, it was odd that the master commended the unjust steward who was facing imminent dismissal for his shrewdness. In light of his deceit, why did the master commend the steward? Why did Jesus use such a character as the unjust steward, and even tell of his commendation? Continue reading
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” (Heb 6:19)
Lately it has become normal for me to deal with the challenge of facing new duties and new technology at work. Learning new skills, finding solutions, and meeting deadlines have become endless battles. However, any worthwhile endeavor involves risk and effort. The possibility of failure is always present. Stress and fear can come upon us like sailing through the turbulent sea amidst a storm.
God knows all our inner fears, including fears that are unknown to us. Continue reading
Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (Eccl 4:6 NIV)
One Friday evening, the sermon topic “Better One Handful than Two Handfuls” caught my eye. This topic is a good reminder for us to meditate on – living a balanced life with contentment and moderation. We are often encouraged to work diligently, for laziness brings poverty. However, excessive toil of a workaholic can be destructive and also needs to be avoided. Exhaustion and stress can lead to many problems and diseases.
The driving forces of a workaholic can be personal motivations such as perfection, ambition, greed, or even jealousy and competition. But some may involuntarily overwork because of either company demands or a sense of job insecurity. One who works endlessly out of a sense of greed never ends up satisfied with what he has acquired. Fame and popularity quickly fade and are not remembered. Even a prestigious position does not provide lasting happiness and contentment. Continue reading
Over the past few years, there have been a number of movie releases that would make one believe in the good, humanitarian side of people. We are led to believe that if the world was coming to an end, everyone would lay aside their own interests, join forces, and save the world together.
Say there was a movie plot where one guy had waited longer than anyone else—practically his whole life—to enter a pool with the power to heal any disease. Even though the pool would only have power once in a while and there was a huge crowd of people who needed healing, we would still imagine, or even expect, that the poor fellow would be allowed to go first, based on our altruistic ideals.
Well, this actually happened about two thousand years ago and unfortunately, no one even took notice of this man for thirty-eight years (John 5:2-5). What would you have done if you were him? Continue reading
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Prov 17:17)
We’ve all heard the teachings regarding love, in that we should show love to one another, to love our neighbours as ourselves and to treat others how we want to be treated. But what better way to do this by being a friend?
Recently, I noticed a certain brother showing a simple act of kindness. He did so by noticing another brother who was sitting by himself with a glum expression. Brother A walked over, smiled at brother B, asked him how his day was, and then began to engage in conversation. This simple act of kindness brought the spirits of brother B up and after a while, brother B had the brightest smile on his face. Continue reading