A day at the Potter's House

I attended a local church today, and it was my first time at the Potter's House Christian Center here in San Fernando.

What is striking with the local congregation is their young pastor. I don't know how old he is but if my estimates are right he's between mid-twenties to early thirties. He's really very young. But thinking about it right now, I can only remember Paul and his letter to Timothy. He exhorted his young assistant and said, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12)."

It's really amazing how God calls the most unlikely people for His ministries.

The message today is also very striking. It's about service in God's ministry. The pastor reiterated that going into the ministry is not as easy as it seems. He says, "The ministry is not a bed of roses." I already know this, but it doesn't change my desire to be involved in God's work.

Against the backdrop of Luke 14, "Following Christ," he built his case that before one attempts to follow and serve Jesus, he must fully know what's at stake. The person must understand every aspect of what he's going into.

This is very true that's why I believe every believer must be grounded on the truth of the Gospel. It's not merely the emotion that should drive a person's relationship with God. Instead, it should be more of the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now I fully understand why Jesus said before building a house the owner must calculate the expenses. Before we dive into ministry, we have to pray hard that the Lord will give us the direction and the passion to serve Him at our best.

But Christians must be careful to obey the Spirit's leading. Our attitude should be dependence on God in everything we do. It is not an excuse that we are not yet fully ready for what God is calling us to do. If this is to be our attitude, we will never be able to carry out God's work. After all, we can never fully prepare for what's out there. Only by God's grace and strength can we weather the trials up ahead.

This message gains significance especially now that I'm praying to enter GreenEarth. It is a Christian organization, and joining it means having a full-time Christ-centered work, the next best thing after full time. I don't know what's in stored for me, but I know God has it all worked out.

Good night. :)
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