Friday, April 8, 2011

DAY 34 - Are You My Good Farmer? (Cantonese Podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Matthew 13

Please read Matthew 13 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method you may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

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Please click the links below to Matthew 13:
"But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Matthew 13: 23

Jesus challenges us today, "Are you my good farmer?"

One of my most exciting encounters with Jesus was about this chapter. Two years ago when I was preparing a sermon on Matthew 13 and Jesus opened my eyes to see a word I never aware of and that is “fold”. My understanding before that was we should be a Christian who can bring at least 30 people to Jesus. If we are better Christians, then we can each bring 100 people to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord of life. But that morning Jesus told me, “Not only 30 people, 100 people.” That is “folds”! So I got a calculator and count what is 30 folds:

2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288, 1048576, 2097152, 4194304, 8388608, 16777216, 33554432, 67108864 ,

then I stoppped there for my calculator could not count any more. I told one of my prayer ministry team member , Gordon Fung that morning what happened and asked him to help me to count what is 30 folds and 100 folds. He as an engineer should be able to know how to do it. It was a Sunday morning when we were praying in my office before our 11a.m. service at Richmond Emmanuel Church. He went to the computer and came back with a pale face. He gave me a list from one fold to 100 fold. There are 9 zero after one for 30 folds and there are 30 zero after 100 folds.

Lots of people live for adding a few folds of the money they've got and I think even the wealthiest person in the history of mankind could make may be 12 folds. But that number in this chapter is about new lives in Christ! It is about how many people can be saved by Jesus through good farmers of Jesus! Through you!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to be your good farmers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to encourage those who join our Disciplers 123 to have a place to start their daily devotion - a wonderful and intimate time with Jesus. There are three reasons for you to use this blog as your daily devotion:

  1. A healthy spiritual diet - One chapter of the Bible daily. We really need at least one chapter of Bible daily so that we are well fed.

  2. A good example of Spiritual Journaling - What I have committed for 1,189 days(the Bible has 1,189 chapters) to write this daily post is not for teaching purposes but this is my daily spiritual journal - I write down what I hear from Jesus and how I experience His intimate relationship with me each day. I have launched a wide-spectrum research on daily devotion and have found out that there are less than 10% of Christians that are having daily devotion. Out of that 10%, many having daily devotion are doing so because of guilt (they know that they are Christians and need to have daily devotion and feel guilty if they don’t do that), duty (they need to fulfill their duty as a Christian) or study(lots of Christians primarily use their daily devotion as a time to study the Bible). I do pray and hope that you will make up your mind to have a relational daily devotion so that you can have an intimate time with Jesus. I pray that you will write your own spiritual journal as well.

  3. An online discipler – One of the reasons that so many Christians do not have daily devotion is because they do not have a discipler. A discipler can help them build up this basic element of discipleship when they first become Christians. The best way for you is to have a discipler to walk with you for a certain period of time so that daily devotion become a good habit. Or, you may have a small group of two to three people to encourage and be accountable to each other so that you won’t stop your daily devotion. I offer myself as your online discipler to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

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