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Jun
03

An example of the Apostle

Sun life of Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ began to set in the Western sky. “… When death is near,” he said to Timothy (II Timothy 4:6). The period of his life no longer. For most people, it’s time to stop working. Rest while enjoying all the sweat, but for the apostle does not.

Behind the prison bars that separated him mercilessly with the outside world, with the chains that cruelly restrict its movement, in the face of reality left behind by his colleagues even at times when he was in dire need of their presence, as well as in the true loneliness absolutely miserable soul, the old man Paul has not also stop observing the interests of others.
He had not yet started to pay attention to its own interests. His body away from the people whom he loved, but hearts and thoughts are always drawn to them.

As the sun began setting the apostle’s life, the darkness began blanketing churches in the province of Asia, including a collection of believers in Ephesus, where Timothy was ministering. Crisis of faith and crisis as well as exemplary, and the crisis started to hit the journey of life teachings of God’s people in there.

Witnessed the horror and suffering in the name of the Lord’s work experienced by the apostles, frightened to imagine what if the same thing happened to myself, as well as irregular retreat race leaders from the responsibility to be exemplary life of faith to the people they lead, really ready to destroy the vision and mission of Christians in this world.

Not to mention her to infiltrate the new school that opened opportunities for the church to live life with passion hedonist, allow themselves controlled by various evil desires. The doctrine of this kind will produce generations of lovers of themselves, lovers of wealth, lust and lovers rather than lovers of God (II Timothy 3:2-5).

How to repel the darkness that began blanketing the church? There is no other way, “explained the world” must remain present. During this, the Apostle Paul has become a light to a dark world. To Herod Agrippa II, king of some areas in the northeast of Palestine, he tells his calling.

Jesus Christ the risen Lord, sent to the Jews and Gentiles “to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God …” (Acts 26:18). Call it the beginning of his struggle to preach to the Gentiles “that they should repent and turn to God and do the jobs that match repentance” (Acts 26:20).
Life of the apostle was over. But that does not mean the end of the presence of “Light of the World.” There’s Timothy, the disciple of Christ upbringing the apostles results. In him, the Apostle Paul had invested time, energy, thoughts, even his life. In him, the apostles had doubled himself (cf. II Timothy 3:10: “… you have followed my teaching, my way of life, mind, my faith, my patience, my love and my perseverance.”)

The sun began to set, but God the Creator and Sustainer of the universe have never fallen asleep and stop working. The sun still will rise again. The Apostle Paul was dead, but God who is the Owner and Sovereign of the fields have not stopped working. New workers will be raised Him. Timothy, the disciple, who in the heart and blood vessels flowing soul and spirit of the apostle, also has illuminated this dark world.

We are disciples of Christ, Timothy, are called to be “Light of the World.” Called to preach the promise of life in Christ Jesus and invite people to sinners to repent and turn to God and do the jobs that match repentance, for the sake of God’s chosen people … get salvation in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Jun
01

Teladan Seorang Rasul

Matahari kehidupan Paulus sang rasul Kristus Yesus mulai terbenam di langit Barat. “… saat kematianku sudah dekat,” katanya kepada Timotius (II Timotius 4:6). Masa hidupnya tidak lama lagi. Bagi kebanyakan manusia, inilah saatnya untuk berhenti bekerja. Beristirahat sambil menikmati seluruh hasil keringat, tetapi bagi sang rasul tidak.
Di balik teralis penjara yang tanpa belas kasihan memisahkan dirinya dengan dunia luar, dengan rantai-rantai yang dengan kejam membatasi ruang geraknya, di hadapan kenyataan ditinggalkan oleh rekan-rekan sekerjanya justru pada saat-saat dia sangat membutuhkan kehadiran mereka, serta dalam kesepian yang benar-benar menyengsarakan jiwa, si tua Paulus belum juga berhenti memperhatikan kepentingan orang lain.
Dia belum juga mulai memperhatikan kepentingannya sendiri. Tubuhnya jauh dari manusia-manusia yang dikasihinya, tetapi hati dan pikirannya selalu tertuju kepada mereka.

Seiring mulai terbenamnya matahari kehidupan sang rasul, kegelapan mulai menyelimuti gereja-gereja di Propinsi Asia, termasuk kumpulan orang-orang percaya di Efesus, tempat Timotius melayani. Krisis iman dan sekaligus krisis keteladanan, serta krisis ajaran mulai melanda perjalanan hidup umat Allah di sana.
Kengerian menyaksikan penderitaan demi nama dan pekerjaan Tuhan yang dialami oleh sang rasul, ketakutan membayangkan bagaimana bila hal yang sama menimpa diri sendiri, serta mundur secara teraturnya para pemimpin umat dari tanggung jawab menjadi teladan hidup beriman bagi orang-orang yang mereka pimpin, benar-benar siap menghancurkan visi dan misi Kristiani di dunia ini.
Belum lagi menyusupnya ajaran baru yang membuka peluang bagi gereja untuk menjalani hidup dengan semangat hedonis, membiarkan diri dikuasai oleh berbagai nafsu jahat. Ajaran macam ini akan menghasilkan generasi pecinta diri, pecinta harta, pecinta nafsu dan bukan pecinta Allah (II Timotius 3:2-5).
Bagaimana mengusir kegelapan yang mulai menyelimuti gereja tersebut? Tidak ada jalan lain, “terang dunia” harus tetap hadir. Selama ini, Rasul Paulus telah menjadi terang bagi dunia yang gelap. Kepada Herodes Agripa II, raja beberapa wilayah di bagian Timur Laut Palestina, dia mengisahkan panggilannya.
Kristus Yesus Tuhan yang bangkit, mengutusnya kepada bangsa Yahudi dan bangsa-bangsa lain “untuk membuka mata mereka, supaya mereka berbalik dari kegelapan kepada terang dan dari kuasa Iblis kepada Allah …” (Kis 26:18). Panggilan itu merupakan awal dari perjuangannya memberitakan kepada bangsa-bangsa “bahwa mereka harus bertobat dan berbalik kepada Allah serta melakukan pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang sesuai dengan pertobatan itu” (Kis 26:20).
Hidup sang rasul sudah berakhir. Tetapi itu bukan berarti berakhirnya kehadiran “Terang Dunia”. Masih ada Timotius, murid Kristus hasil gemblengan sang rasul. Di dalam dirinya, Rasul Paulus telah menginvestasikan waktu, tenaga, pikiran, bahkan hidupnya. Di dalam dirinya, sang rasul telah melipat gandakan dirinya (bdk. II Timotius 3:10: “… engkau telah mengikuti ajaranku, cara hidupku, pendirianku, imanku, kesabaranku, kasihku dan ketekunanku”).
Matahari mulai terbenam, tetapi Allah Pencipta dan Pemelihara jagad raya belum pernah tertidur dan berhenti bekerja. Matahari masih akan terbit lagi. Rasul Paulus sudah mati, tetapi Allah yang adalah Pemilik dan Penguasa ladang belum berhenti berkarya. Pekerja baru akan dibangkitkan-Nya. Timotius sang murid, yang di dalam jantung dan pembuluh-pembuluh darahnya mengalir jiwa dan semangat sang rasul, juga telah menerangi dunia yang gelap ini.
Kita adalah murid Kristus yang sama seperti Timotius, dipanggil untuk menjadi “Terang Dunia”. Dipanggil untuk memberitakan janji tentang hidup dalam Kristus Yesus dan mengajak manusia berdosa untuk bertobat dan berbalik kepada Allah serta melakukan pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang sesuai dengan pertobatan itu, demi orang-orang pilihan Allah … mendapat keselamatan dalam Kristus Yesus dengan kemuliaan yang kekal.

Mei
25

4 Characteristics Of Christian

Towards evening His disciples came to Him and said: “This place is quiet and it was already night. Send the crowds away so they can buy food in the villages. “But Jesus said to them:” No need for them to go, you have to feed them. “They said:” What is to us here only five loaves and two fish, Jesus looked up into the sky and give thanks and break bread and give it to His disciples, and His disciples passed them out to the crowd and they all ate and were satisfied.
Then the person collecting the pieces of meat that was left, twelve baskets full. Who ate were about five thousand men not including women and children.

The story of the ministry of Jesus Christ was on record in the book of Matthew 14:13-21 and the Gospel of John 6:5-15 and the picture that we can take the above that there are 4 characters that represent the Christian believers today;
The first figure, is The Most. Gospel of John 6:1-2 notes: “After that He went out the other side of the lake of Galilee Lake Tiberias, the crowds followed him in droves, because they saw the miracles of healing that is held against his people sick. We see here a lot of people to follow Jesus but with wrong motives, their motivation to follow Jesus instead of the true faith but only because they want to see miracles.

And there are also so many people who want healing miracles occur in his life but to accept Him as Savior / messiah is almost no sense in their minds. How can they accept Him as Savior, He is the son of a carpenter but why He can perform miracles? That’s what a debate throughout the history, habits of a group of people a lot of this is when they’ve hit on the state where money is no longer reliable, physician or physicians have raised their hands can not do anything, they just want to give up their lives to the choice Their last; “Whatever it heal me.”
Where is God when they are happy? When they are rich? When they rank? When they were in high social status? When they fulfilled? God only stored in a cupboard in the book of the holy book, which can only be opened once a week or once a year if they have any free time and joy in the heart.

The second figure, is Philip. Gospel of John 6:5-7 noted: “When Jesus looked around Him and saw that the people in droves to come to Him, He said to Philip,” Where are we going to buy bread, so they can eat? “This is He said to test him, for He Himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for them, that each may take a little.”

Philip is one of the disciples of Jesus are in the order of the Apostles is the fifth named after John (Luke 6:12-16), and he also had brought the Greeks came to Jesus (John 12:20-22). But we see here is Philip Faith Faith filled with logic, he measures the prices of Faith was only reached the number two hundred dinars, and he thought it would not be enough.
In his mind how could feed five thousand men, not including women and children (Matthew 14:21). Dinars or denarius (Greek: denarion) is a Roman silver currency at that time and one dinar is a daily wage worker in one day. If we use the current exchange rate, such as daily wage worker a day is IDR 50,000 x 200 dinars = IDR 10,000,000 Logically Philip, five thousand men and their wives are also his children may be about fifteen thousand people who must be fed. He could not feed with the money of IDR 10 million : 15,000 people = IDR 667 each person
Because it he says: “two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for them, that each may take a little.” At least he needs money IDR 150 million or 3000 Dinars, for to eat IDR 10,000 each person than fifteen thousand people.

Faith is filled with logic will not be able to see the glory of God. We may not have a state like Philip to feed a lot of people with money are limited, but we may face financial problems in our families where we have to struggle amid a difficult economy we may lose jobs, we may have to pay the arrears-overdue debt us while our finances are not sufficient, the need for the future of our children in the study or whatever it is, and we feel that it is impossible to get out of the question.

Jesus can solve problems that we face. And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that He would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Philip and Simon face as well that we are facing today but they want to obey the command. God wants us to want to leave deeper in knowing the truth of the Word of God because He wants to bless us, whether we want to use logic or faith adherence to the problems we face? Thanks are waiting for us in obedience.

The third figure, was Andrew. Gospel of John 6:8-9, noting: “One of his disciples, Andrew brother of Simon Peter said to him:” Here there is a child who has five barley loaves and two fishes, but what are they among so many ? ”
Many things which God created miracles before the eyes of the disciples but Andrew, the five barley loaves and two fish is food that does not mean to fifteen thousand people, if we do not wear eye of faith in this life and all things that we do not look there will be hope and maybe we will see the shadows of life that are not clear because we do not believe in Him.

Waves of life may be hitting our lives, and we’ll say I will fall God …! What is left to us now? speck of Faith? Speck believe? a speck of hope? a speck of talent? Or even the smallest of our lives. God wants to use it for exceptional cases to the glory of his name but to where do we trust to Him.
Peter in his fear began to sink when she felt the breeze as he walked on water to meet Jesus. What does this say of the Lord Jesus? “Men who lack confidence, why do you hesitate?” (Matthew 14:30-31). Storms may come, the waves may hit us but our faith views let it stay focused on Jesus and we will see the miraculous and extraordinary things, God will do for us.

The fourth character, is a small child, the Gospel of John 6:9, notes: “Here there is a child who has five barley loaves and two fishes, but what are they among so many?”. The ministry of Jesus is not limited by age, social status, or one ethnic group but includes a universal service. And this kid give an idea of sincerity, not selfish and believe in the true faith.
He believes Jesus and give all his property to be able to bless many people and he believes that he will not lose anything if he gives what Jesus asked. Why would a small child that gives the five barley loaves and two fish to Jesus, whether the adults did not bring lunch, in addition to small children?

Sometimes distrust and fear of losing one’s own selfish often makes us so shut the eyes of our hearts to bless others, we may even have more confidence to the money or our possessions than we believe in Jesus as a source of blessing.
Day night wore on, the life of this world will disappear with all its desires, the world is crying in its destruction and many people who need our help, whether maybe they were hungry for the Word of God or they are silent in their selfishness, which is obviously God still loves them and God requires the heart like a child to serve them. Do we have a heart?

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