How are you? I’m well.
Have you ever watched the show, The Chosen? If you’re interested, you can download the free application, The Chosen. There is no ID nor Password needed. I loved watching the show and look forward to a new season. I read CBN news reported on the show often time, including the news that it was on air in France public TV channel. My Singapore pastor couples also mentioned the show so that I thought I would try to watch an episode. And I completed watching the first two seasons. I like the show a lot, as it helps me understand the Gospels and realize how compassionate Jesus is. I found a split second of vision or a dream speaks volume. So do the scenes from this show. The show actually added some imaginations, not 100% coming from the Scriptures. Yet, even the imaginations really spoke to me and I’d like to share one of them.
I think it was after Matthew, the tax collector joined other disciples, when Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” I can’t remember the exact scene, but it was after dinner and the disciples started to argue with one another. I think it started from someone who was against Matthew, the tax collector. They kept quarreling in front of Mary, the mother of Jesus and another Mary who was set free from the evil spirits. But Jesus wasn’t there. Of course, they wouldn’t fight in front of Him. In the middle of the fight, they heard Jesus walking back to His tent, but His way of walking was a bit different from normal. And they found Him wounded all over, being kind of lame. Immediately, I realized how hurt our Father is, when His children bicker, slander or gossip against one another. It simply wounds Him.
Sister Margaret Seaward shared her testimony. I don’t recall it all exactly so that I would paraphrase it. Long time ago when she was cooking, she wanted to taste the food in the middle. She used her finger to get a little bit of it in the pot, as her finger was able to tolerate the heat. When she tried to taste it, she somehow missed her tongue, but she put the hot food on the skin inside her lip. She felt it so hot and painful. At that moment, she heard the Lord speaking to her, “Why don’t you bite your finger?” She said that she had another two episodes related to her finger earlier on that day. So, she said to Him, “Lord, how can I bite my finger? It will hurt.” And He said, “That’s what My children (The body of Christ) do to one another!” You wouldn’t bite your finger, as it’s the precious part of your body, would you?
Pastor Rick Joyner also shared one of his dreams. In the dream, he saw his own son fallen into a sewage. But people were just mocking his son and laughing at him, not trying to help and save him from the sewage. Pastor Rick was watching the scene and it broke his heart. And the Lord taught him it is what His children do to one another, and He shared His pains when the churches criticized a pastor who went to prison long ago for his mistake to misappropriate the fund of his ministry. Friend, I’m not saying misappropriation of the fund is ok, but I’m trying to say that we, as His children, should love another child of God, even when he or she made a mistake. If he or she keeps on sinning, we should talk to him or her in person with two or three witnesses, yet with love for his or her soul. But these days, we see Christians slander pastors, worship leaders and so on, openly through social media and so forth.
Last year, I had a chance to talk to a missionary whose daughter left her small workplace a few months ago. I actually had a dream on her daughter, and she didn’t look happy in the dream. When I called the missionary, I asked her how her daughter is. And she said that her daughter had been very upset, due to her previous employer, who is one of the elders in her church. When she left the employer, she was eligible for some kind of retirement pension. But the elder didn’t pay it to her, saying his business wasn’t good enough to pay it to her now. Legally, she had every right to report and claim it to the ministry of Labor, which would result in the penalty to the employer, the elder. So, the missionary mother said to her, “Babe, please don’t claim it. If you do, it’s putting shame on our Father.” I agreed with her. She understood what the Lord’s will is and she trusted He is the Provider.
I think it’s not difficult to find those who left their church or even left the Lord, saying they were offended in their church. But I would like to remind us that nobody is perfect, and we are in the learning curve and in the middle of being transformed. If you are a parent and your kids fight against one another, your heart would be broken. We should be His mature sons and daughters. Friend, it’s my prayer that we don’t fight, backbite or gossip against one another, but ask our Father to give us His love, even when we are offended. Bringing joy to Him is our strength.
Have a bliss!
These six things the Lord hates,