Project Grace: The Gift of Eternal Life

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This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 Jn 5:11

When you look at the expanse of the night sky decorated with the moon and the stars, you’ll realize how small you really are compared to the whole world and to the universe. Earth is but a tiny planet, and the Milky Way is but one of thousands of galaxies across outer space. Can you even begin to imagine that kind of eternity?

God’s love is like the universe. It is so wide and so deep that no height nor depth of the tallest mountain or the deepest seabed can ever measure it. He turned His love into an eternal gift for us- the life of His Son Jesus Christ. When we come to know and truly believe in Him, we will find out that His eternal life is one of tranquility and calm. 

Following Jesus everyday may be hard, but not grievous. As the Bible says, “his burden is light.” He will not suffer us to face unbearable trials and testings alone. He will always provide a way for us to escape. His gift of eternal life will fill us with a godly love that is inherent only in God. His gift of eternal life already has victory over death. And what a blessed assurance it is to someday see our Lord and Savior face to face. 

Let it be our prayer to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that we may be able to experience the joy of living our lives jointly with Him.


Project Grace: A Firm Trust

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)

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Hello my dearest readers. It has been a while since I posted an entry under Project Grace which has been under hiatus for months now. I just could not bring myself to write about God without conviction – and the past months have been an emotional turmoil for me. Now I think it’s time to start over again. And I hope you guys will be blessed by tonight’s meditation.

Christians ideally want to live by the verse, “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7). It is one of the stronghold commands of God that every believer should strive to follow. However, life is but an irony, a paradox of unending trials and testings that sometimes makes us question God’s sovereignty over our circumstances. And yet, the Bible gives us an explicit instruction when we are faced with such things. It seems quite contradicting to how we normally/naturally react, right?

When Jesus knew of his good friend Lazarus’ death, he was downtrodden. He grieved with Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters, but his death became one of the most famously told stories from the Bible. Jesus explained, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.”. Right before their very eyes, he woke up Lazarus from his sleep (death). It’s impossible for a body, four days old dead, to be able to stand up and walk! But not with Jesus – this miracle was only the beginning of his ministry up until today in the 21st century.

No matter what life throws at you, always remember to cling to our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember his words well, and you will never have to face a day defeated. “He will inspire you to a life of trust and firm faith in all circumstances.”

Project Grace Day 100: Are You Losing Your Shine?

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When you look at a candle being lit, you will notice how big and tall its flame is when the match touches its tip. Soon after, when the wax starts melting, the candle starts to shrink and its light begins to dim out as well. Have you ever experience that kind of unfortunate thing, when your love and faith in God wavers and wavers until one day, you’ll realize that you don’t really have anything left to offer to God?

It is possible for Christians to get caught up in philosophies that seem good on the suface, but break down the centrality of Christ. There are already so many denominations under Christianity, all of which provide different approaches into understanding what the Bible teaches that sometimes we forget to look back at the Subject of God’s Word – Jesus Christ. Because of these so many different idealogies about the Bible, we are hooked into stereotyping each group. We forget that Christianity is supposed to be a way of life under the example of Christ, not a combination of learned philosophies from Man.

I pray that in every circumstance, may we never forget to turn back to Jesus Christ for truth. We definitely cannot find it elsewhere.

Project Grace Day 99: How Do You React To Life?

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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Life can be either Heaven or Hell for most of us. It may throw us into a curve, or sometimes, if we get lucky ( as most people say), the paths toward our dreams and aspirations are as smooth as an urban highway- asphalt and wide lanes to give you enough space to navigate through changing courses. How easy Life would be if it were like that, but it isn’t.

Whatever tide Life’s oceans are in, it is entirely up to us to decide whether we sink, float aimlessly, or swim towards the shore. Our reaction to our circumstances determine whether we have the strength to live it or just let it be, que sera sera. At this point in time in my life, I am torn between what the world considers normal and what the Bible teaches about God’s holiness and righteousness. It is tiring to put yourself in a situation to try and understand why something happened the way it did when you thought it could never transpire. But then again, everyone has a choice, and each choice comes with a blessing or a consequence. I just pray and pray fervently that whatever decision I make, I won’t regret choosing to do it.

Christ wants us to live Life to the fullest. A full life does not necessarily mean having a beautiful house, a fancy car, a successful business, or the luxury of time and leisure to travel for traveling’s sake. Sometimes living Life to the full means having quality time with your family, a few good friends, and most of all, time with God. A moment spent with the Lord is better than being in the company of business tycoons. A second in God’s presence is better than an hour spent watching the latest movie. Time spent with Him is of priceless worth because it is in His will where we are safest.

As a Christian, every choice we have is vital to our spiritual growth. May we always choose to choose what is right than good, to choose the eternal over the temporary, and to choose to respond to Life’s challenges with self-confidence and faith.

Project Grace Day 98: True Life

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”

(1 John 4:9)

When we think of the “ideal” kind of life, we always equate it with the words success, happiness, or money. It’s not our parents’ fault for teaching us this kind of mentality. In this world, you will never be somebody if you don’t have these three important ingredients to make life a “fulfilled” experience. In this day and age, in order for you to survive this dog-eat-dog society, you have to be one gigantic success. 

However, God’s definition of the “good” life is not just about having all these material and temporary things, but moreso about knowing Him and serving Him. Success, happiness, and wealth are just secondary goals to God. For Him, a fulfilled life is one that is lived out in obedience to His words. God’s view of life is so important that Jesus came to live and die to make it known to you. (Christian Art publishers)

We should strive to live a “true life”, a life that is not merely existing but, instead, living in love. Christ’s shortlived ministry on Earth shows us that pursuing heavenly goals, ones with eternal value, is way better than enlarging one’s coast. That He doesn’t care how many houses you own or how many fabulous cars you drive around, but He is rather more concerned on how many souls you’ve already brought to His feet and how many lives you have touched for sharing His good news of salvation. I am forever guilty of this. I am too afraid to tell someone else because I know deep down that I haven’t been obeying Him fully in every aspect of my life. And sometimes it makes me feel like a hypocrite.

It is my prayer that everyone of us can grab God’s wonderful gift of everlasting life for us. Jesus Christ is willing to guide us every step of the way. He has promised to always be with us. You can bet your life on that. 

Project Grace Day 97: Sent to Save

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Text: John 3:17

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”

Do you remember the outdoor game “Scotty”? It’s an old game me and some of the kids I grew up with here in the neighborhood used to play. There were two teams who picked a post as their territory. At the count of three every one was tasked to tap on the head members of the other team. Those who got tagged were forced to stay in the enemy camp and place their hand on their post until someone from his team saved him by touching his hand. It was always a relief when one of your teammates saves you because you can return to your homebase again.

Jesus Christ was also sent to save us. “From what?”, you might ask. He came on a mission to save us first, from our SIN. This means that we need to acknowledge that we are beyond hope in our sinfulness, and not even all our good efforts – our charity works and all that – are enough to atone us from the filthiness of our sinful nature. We then ask for God’s forgiveness, accept His mercy, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Lord and Savior. We should be willing and ready to submit to His wisdom and guidance over our day-to-day lives.

Second, we must be saved to a new life of honoring and glorifying God, accepting His leadership, and becoming actively involved in serving our fellowman [Christian Art Publishers]. Christ did not only save us just for the sake of saving us from Sin and Hell, but more importantly, He came to save us so that we can be used in His kingdom. We will then become active agents in His saving work, which we ourselves have received of him. 

Let us grow in the likeness of Christ. Ask yourself honestly before God:”Have I been saved?”

Project Grace Day 96: How Far Does Love Reach?

Hereby perceive we the love fo God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay our lives for the brethren.” – 1 John 3:16

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If there is anything more romantic and chivalrous, nobler and more honorable, it is when a man sacrifices his life for his wife, his children, his family, and his people. Many will see him as a hero, a courageous soul who fought bravely to the very end. Many will say, “O how he must have loved them!”. But human love can only go so far. No matter how much we look at it from all angles, from all sides, human love in and of itself, is finite and conditional. Lying ends it. Death ends it. Human love is confined and bounded according to human standards and human concepts of time and space. 

But there is another kind of love that conquers all human limits: God’s love.

You see, when God came down to us in the form of Jesus Christ, He showed us how far His love can go. Not even the heavenly firmaments blocked Him from reaching out to us. Through Jesus Christ’s ministry, God demonstrated His love. Christ healed the sick. He brought back people from death and shared his company with the outcasts of Jewish society. But the final act of God’s love is not as much as in Christ living, but in Christ dying and rising up again. His sacrificial death proved that God’s love is unlimited and unconditional. 

We are not worthy of His affection. We are sinful, weak, frail, heartless, selfish and unfaithful people. But these hideous qualities of our human nature did not stop Him at all. Instead, it triggered His compassion towards us, how much we needed His salvation and His restoration. His Resurrection showed that His love is not bound between time and space. It transcends both. 

I pray that God will grant us a love for our brethren as endless as His. We may not die in their stead, but we can show them that we are His children and that His word is alive in us. Have a blessed Saturday night.