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The calling to ministry

Let us do something a little different today, and read a Bible story. I love Bible stories!

We shall be reading about the choosing of the seven in Acts. I would have thought before that these seven men must have been great disciples of Jesus, and they must have been chosen to serve in the church as extremely honorable positions. Perhaps as elders of the church or great teachers. Let us read:

Acts 6
Seven Chosen to Serve

1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

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Read verse 7 again! Isn’t it amazing? After they had chosen seven men to serve the widows food, Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

The number of disciples didn’t just increase, it “multiplied greatly”! Now before we start jumping to conclusions about how this may happen, let us use some other references.

1 Corinthians 12

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

We all have a specific role to play. Be it an usher, a teacher, an apostle, and so on, 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. The specific roles we have to play in the church are determined by God. Now this is an extremely important truth. You see, I might find myself very good at teaching, but if God’s calling for me is not to teach, but to serve food, then all my efforts will be for nothing. Firstly, I will not have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, because God cannot commission me to do what He doesn’t want me to do. You can see that the seven men were prayed for, so that God will multiply and bless their service. Secondly, even if I were to touch the lives of many, and influence many disciples of Christ as a teacher, all these will count for nothing when I am judged before the great white throne. Because I was not obedient to God regarding my ministry, all my efforts will be consumed by the fire of judgement.

But if I follow my calling, and go to serve food, my efforts will be multiplied and I will influence many lives because God has meant this to be my role. It is by grace that we are saved, many people know that. But it is also by grace that we may be presentable to God, holy and pleasing to be used mightily for the advancement of His Kingdom. All gifts and talents that we have are God-given, and are meant to be used in the church as God directs. It is by His awesome grace that we may stand before Him on the day of judgement, and be called a good and faithful servant, only if we are obedient to Him. I remember a post I typed not too long ago about obedience and sacrifice. That is exactly my point! God requires only humble obedience from us, not sacrifices that He has not asked for.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Every single person in service is important to the growth of the church. Even those that seem weaker, by human standards, are indispensable. You see, regardless of the ministry that we are in, we have the potential to touch many lives. The mind of God we cannot understand, and the ways of God we cannot fathom. In His amazing way, God caused the church in Acts to greatly multiply because they did not leave out the little things, like serving food!

So do not be discouraged if you think you are serving in a lesser ministry, because it is not. If God’s calling for you is to be there, He has, and is going to use you for the advancement of His Kingdom, though you may not see it. You’ll probably only know when He shows you on that day we are judged. Also, if you have noticed, Stephen and Philip, who later became outstanding disciples of Christ, were part of the seven.

Matthew 25: 23, 29

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

So first be faithful in the things that God has put you in charge with, whatever it is, big or small, and much will come out of it.


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of current and life

Is electrical current a scalar or a vector quantity?

My teacher asked me that a year ago while I was still in school. I immediately gave my answer: electrical current travels through a medium, and it’s direction is determined by the medium. Therefore, having no intrinsic direction of it’s own, it must be a scalar quantity. And she seemed quite happy with that, so was I. My answer was challenged two days ago however, and I have been becoming increasingly unhappy with that answer. What if current does not travel through a medium? It would then be possible for it to possess a direction of it’s own.

After thinking about it, I have refined my answer. The vector quantity discussed in this case would be the drift velocity of the charges. The definition of electrical current is the rate of flow of electric charge with respect to time. Therefore, it is but a count of number of particles in a defined period of time, in this case, a second. Unlike velocity, which implies physical displacement and thus physical direction, a count of charges would merely be a scalar quantity.

As I read books written by various authors, on the account for the universe we are in, I can’t help but realize one thing- many of them have lost the essential qualities of a scientist. They are quick to dismiss the option of an intelligent designer, and take great pain and effort to find ways to prove existence solely using science. If I could explain the whole process they took to do that in layman terms, I would. But I can’t. Here’s an example. Miller’s experiment was to prove evolution. So, he put a mixture of methane, hydrogen, water and ammonia into a tank and sent a electrical spark through it. And the result of amino acids changed the thinking of the world. However, much of the early atmosphere of the earth was not of such composition. Miller had only used the substances most likely of creating proteins to prove his point.

Many times we like to stick with the status quo, happy with what we know. It is much easier not to have our beliefs challenged. In physics, we call it inertia. But to fellow brothers and sisters reading this, I challenge you to challenge yourself. Don’t accept the Bible for what it is and just what it says.  Be ever questioning and strongly perceiving, so that you may give a better account to those who challenge it themselves. There is nothing to gain in worldly knowledge. Only wealth and fame and the praise of men. If the fool says there is no God, many fools would be great scientists. And fools indeed. I’ll be convinced if anyone can show me how their Nobel prizes get them to heaven.

In the end, knowledge will perish with the world, just like our material possessions. As physicists put in so much effort to find the god-particle, prove the M-theory and whatever else that may relieve them of the answer of a god, I urge you to take part in the things that last for eternity. Be assured of your salvation, love and do good, and be an excellent testimony to the people around you.

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Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

and the task of teaching the disciples of Christ in His ways. If only we could be like Paul, who could abandon everything He could have gained in his life for the ministry Christ had given him. It is so difficult sometimes to let go of the things we enjoy. Of course, it is obedience before sacrifice, but we must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of the life we have received- for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Here’s a video that I hope will bless all fellow brothers and sisters as we run together.

The three weeks I just spent in Taiwan was not of useless longing or unproductive time. God has revealed much, and spoken much. It was a good, new breath of air to keep going, holding the cross.

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