Ken Chi

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (II Corinthians 4:18)

A lot of times God blesses us with so many good things that we forget Who gave them to us. One thing I thank God so very much is this church, Taiwan Lutheran Church.

There were times where I've felt giving up on this church, and I'm sure many people have felt the same way. In First Corinthians 15:58 Paul encourages us to stand firm and keep laboring for the Lord, because 'we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain.' Indeed, we might not see immediately the result of our labor, but God knows and He uses what we do to change people's hearts and lives. One thing I don't understand is why God chooses to use us to change other people's lives! Why can't He just change people's lives? I remember people in my life whom God had used to bring me to Himself. If these people weren't obedient to His calling, I wouldn't be who I am today. I thank God and these people for that. It took time to realize what God's doing. I remember when I used to go to church just to go to church, because 'it was the right thing to do.' Then there came a time where I had to ask myself why am I doing all these things? It was time to choose to really go to church or go do something else. Well, thanks to His mercy He has allowed me to come to the cross and I start as a new creation (II Cor. 5: 17). Of course there was a time of decision making. No one else can decide whether I want to accept Christ as my personal savior or not. I choose to accept Him and my life hasn't been the same. Going to church wasn't a social gathering or time to speak Taiwanese anymore. It is much more than that. It is now a time of worship, praise and listening to God's voice. I don't think I fully realize the awesomeness of our God and who He is! I'm sadden for people who have spent their whole life in and out of a church yet never come to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I think God is more concerned with our heart, than what we do. When our hearts are at peace with God, then our actions and speech will also be at peace with others. I challenge every Christian to ask themselves this question: "If God saved me and I'm going to heaven, what am I doing still here on earth? Is there something God wants me to do?"(next)

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