23 April 2011
ACCC youthgroup: Job Wong
There are 2 different ways to look at things. For example, those ads you see of illusions such as seeing either:
1. The old woman vs. the young woman
2. The bunny vs. the duck
3. The globe vs. two people kissing
We’re living out our lives the way we want it to be, not how God wants us to live.
Freedom isn’t really free; it comes at a cost. God sent His one and only son to die on the cross for our sins.
This reminds me of the lyrics from Jesus Messiah: “He became sin, who knew no sin”.
He DID become sin, who knew no sin.
So why do we call it freedom then? We are only free when we do the things we are made to do.
"All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."
- Hebrews 11:13-16
In this passage, the writer of Hebrews tells us to change our perspective to what is truly important. What does God want me to do? When God told Abraham to kill is only son, how did he respond? By faith, Abraham offered up his only son to the Lord. Abraham’s godly perspective was so complete that he was able to pass the test of faith for God.
For us, we’re journers on this earth that this is only a temporary stop, until reaching His destination. When God puts difficult things in our life, that’s only a bump on our journey, but have faith in God. Believe that He shall help you overcome anything you’re struggling with, for He is always with you. So how does having the right perspective bring us hope in the world that we’re living in?
"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is sen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?"
- Romans 8:24
We need to live for a different purpose by constantly thinking about what God wants us to do.
- How closely do you follow what God wants you to do?
- How important is it that you think about God’s perspective?
- What are you willing to put up on His alter? Are you willing to put up everything?
- What things are we struggling with that prevent us from doing what God wants us to do?
God’s plan is sovereign and He will carry us through.