The Manager, The Rich, and My Questions

Chapter 16

The story of the not-so-good Manager

Allow me to cut this story into pieces and the way it reaches me.

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

“Dealing with our own kind” this for me means treating others the way we want to be treated. Jesus once said, “the measure you used will be the measured to be  use on you.” This is why I keep on asking God  why do I cry every time I see injustice and inhumane treatment? God always reminds me that I cry because I care and because I love; and because He Himself, a God, treats us equally. As humans, we must also treat each other equally as well, but do we?

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Are we worth the trust? All of us have been given, all of us have received, big or small as we see it, we are blessed. We are not worthy  to receive these blessings, yet we are still blessed. The question is, Are we trustworthy of what has been given to us? The world is a wealthy place and God entrusted us with a lot of things, How do we handle our riches here on earth?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Two lines did hit me  here 1.) Hate the one and love the other 2.) what people value highly is detestable to God

I believe Jesus is asking here, what do we love? The things pleasing to every one, which is detestable to His sight? or Him, the one who was detested by men?

The Rich Man

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

This scares me, honestly. Why? Because I have live a life of comfort. I have a family, which is not perfect but at least I have them; I have a home, which is not a mansion but at least I’m safe and comfortable; I eat three times a day, which is not a feast every meal but at least I’m satisfied and full – these are just few of my comforts and good things here on earth but then I saw this line from Abraham, I asked myself, “Will he say the same words to me?”

I believe what this message means is that, How do we live our lives of comfort? How do we share it with our fellows, those who live an uncomfortable life? The prisoners, the sick, the poor, the orphan, the homeless, and the food less? Do we just let them live outside our mansions?

I believe all of us are like Lazarus – filthy, poor, and beggars but Jesus came out of His comfort zone just to offer us the fullness of life in His Kingdom. The question now is, Can we do what Jesus did to our neighbors?

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

That was Abraham’s answer to the rich man, when the rich man said that his family will only repent if they see someone who was raised from the dead. Many people know that Jesus died and was risen from the dead for even death couldn’t hold him down, yet why are still so many people who have an unrepenting heart? Many people knows the cause of His death and resurrection but why still their hearts aren’t changed?


Lamb, Chosen, Blessed.

Chapter 10 (Part I)

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

Here I am, one of the lambs and part of  His flock. Comfortable, secured, and well fed.

A week after my water baptism, a woman prayed for me to be a disciple of God for the next generation; at that time, I was praying to God as well if I would go back to the youth ministry where my faith first spring. Those were the times that I am part of a group were I felt most comfortable, I’m one of the youngest, and I was well taken care of my elder sisters in Christ.

God said, GO!

I responded to God’s call after weeks of praying, I can see a harvest of young individuals every Saturday during our youth service. Who am I not to answer Jesus’ call to disciple. A lamb among the wolves? This is terrible to comprehend, but I will be still or  I am still for I know, God is using me to advance His Kingdom here on earth. Nothing to worry about, nothing to fear, for it was written,

17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said,“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.

16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

The first time I encountered this verse, I feel like “FOR REAL LORD? I am chosen? Kinda like Harry Potter, the chosen one?”

But seriously, the fact that I know God, and  that every day I want to seek and find Him despite the truth that I can’t fully grasp who He is, is more than a proof that Jesus chose me to reveal God. The greatest truth is in Jesus, I met God. Jesus choose to die for me, for me to be with God again.  Jesus said that whoever rejects Him, rejects God; and as I accept Him, it also means I am heading to God, for Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

I’m off to heaven, and I’m glad to know that!

When I was a little girl, I’m so thrilled about the idea of heaven and hell,  I really want to go to heaven and I thought that doing good here on earth will make me reach heaven, but Jesus said to me, “Rejoice! For you don’t have to make an effort anymore, just trust me, and your name will be in heaven”.

23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Blessed are my eyes and my ears? Jesus was talking to His disciples at this time, but it reaches me. I haven’t seen Jesus but I see miracles, and I haven’t heard Jesus talk but I heard testimonies. There is power in His name that even in this generation I can feel the Lord’s presence. More than 2000 years after Jesus left the earth still His words remain, and He said, blessed are those who hears it. If I am blessed to hear these words, who am I not to share these? I am so much blessed that I want to spread His words to be a blessing as well.

These Chapter is indeed more than overwhelming; summing it up, God sends me out to be a victorious lamb even in the midst of wolves for I am chosen by Jesus to know and be with God again, and I must rejoice for my name is in heaven already and that I am blessed for I know the things that He wants me to know.


The bests of 9!

Chapter 9

Send and Set!

2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.


I know by heart that I consider myself as a disciple of Jesus, and while absorbing His words that Jesus sent out His disciples to proclaim and heal,  I realized that just like the first disciples I must also set out and do what Jesus wants me to do and to go where He wants me to go. Just like the first disciples, I shall not worry, for it is Jesus who will send me; all I have to do is to be available and to put my trust in Him. As His disciple, I must offer myself to Him to be send and to set out.


He broke the bread

16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied…

Growing up attending Bible camps, gives this story no meaning for me anymore, but as I read this again with the spirit, God reminded me that I may not appreciate this miracle anymore for I was not even part of the 5,000 men, but Jesus broke another bread to feed me and that was His body, He offered His body as a living sacrifice so that I may live and not hunger anymore. (This made me cry.)

Sometimes, I’m just so used to the bible verses or the stories of what Jesus did that it has no meaning to me anymore, but as I dig down deep, I find a much deeper meaning. The verses are not for me to comprehend the words but for me to hear Him and His messages for me – and this my Manna, my daily bread.

Who do you say I am?

20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

There is a song with the lyrics, “If God has a name, what could it be?”, and somehow I think what God’s name could be? In the old testament, God said to Moses, “I am He who sends you.”  And this time, Jesus is asking Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Is I am the name of God?

Whether God has a name or none, who He is to me matters most.

Sometimes I’m just so preoccupied of the things that He has done for my life that I forget about who He is. I was so filled with what Jesus did in the cross for me that I tend to forget about who He is in my life.

Who is Jesus? In two words, he’s my Lord and my Savior. My everything.

the Kingdom of God

27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Will not taste death? I want to go to heaven and live with Jesus, but I know that I will only reach heaven when I die here on earth, what does Jesus means by this? For me, I believe Jesus is simply telling me that I can live in heaven here on earth by having Him with me always, and that I will not die anymore because He already died instead of me and that I will live with Him for all eternity.

Heaven is here in my heart.

And I believe Jesus wants me to stand with Him and continue to seek His Kingdom and let heaven reign here in my heart for I am not a citizen of this world but of heaven.


the Son that we shall listen to

35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

Other Bible version uses beloved son instead of the chosen son. But for me, God is telling me that He choose me and  He loves me so much that He choose to sacrifice His one and only beloved son to die for me and to save me.

And because He give me His son, Jesus, I must live my life with Him, listening to His voice all the days of my life.


Is this my generation?

41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you?..”

Jesus was talking to the people around Him when He said this, but as I see it, if Jesus is still here walking on earth, He would still say the same words to the generation that I am in right now. It is really hurting  for me to hear His words, I am not perfect and my faith is not, I doubt Him sometimes, but here Jesus is telling me that how long does He need to stay or what things does He needs to do to prove to me so that I should believe in Him.

I look at the cross and realize that He has done enough, my generation needs to believe and that my task is to share Jesus to the next generation. I am so thankful for God sends me to reach out the next generation.

Reaching out to the Next Generation.

I Am Nothing

50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

I call myself a Christian, and by the name itself I have Christ. Here’s an analogy,  in the word CHRISTIAN take away CHRIST and there will be three letters left IAN, it stands for  I AM NOTHING.

Apart from Christ, I am nothing. In His name I have the power, the strength, the love, everything. And if He is with me then no one can stand against me, I shall not fear. ..and if our God is with us then who could ever stop us, and if our God is with us then what can stand against?”

Don’t Look Back

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

As I start to fully embrace the life in Christ many people asked me why do I quit my job, delayed going to Law School, and do not date non Christian men? I honestly don’t know the exact answer, I just told them that God has plans; and as I follow Jesus, He will now call the shots as my Master, it will not be my will but His will. I have left the world in pursuit of His Kingdom. And as I read this message from God, I was affirmed that the cost of following Jesus, is taking His cross no matter how heavy it is without looking back but believing that I have a wonderful life ahead.