Thursday, August 12, 2010

DAY 358 - More Work More Closer with God

Today's Reading: Leviticus 8

Please read Leviticus 8 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

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Please click the links below to Leviticus 8:

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"Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days. What has been done today was commanded by the Lord to make atonement for you. You must stay at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting day and night for seven days and do what the Lord requires, so you will not die; for that is what I have been commanded." So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord commanded through Moses.

Leviticus 8:33-36

Staying and sleeping in the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for seven days to complete the whole ordination process. Many people may think that it's a kind of wasting time. "We have more important work to do! Bishop, you want me to have a seven days of retreat before my ordination? No way!" "No, no, no, it's not a seven days retreat in a hotel in Whistler but you need to get a sleeping bag and sleep in front of the sanctuary of Richmond Emmanuel before your ordination. Thus says the Lord!" "Ha, I say no and good bye! You are a crazy bishop."

I do hope you see my point and what I received from Jesus today from this chapter. The phenomenon that I am aware of is that the more work a pastor needs to do, the less time he or she would be with God. Yes, lots of time in preparing sermons, visitation, administration, teaching...but less and less personal time with God in daily devotion, prayers and other relational building time. That's why many great spiritual leaders have a two to three hours personal prayer time right after getting up from bed early in the morning. Wasting time, too busy, too tired? Well, the more work you do for God, the more closer you need to be with Him!

If I did not listen to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to start writing this daily blog and spend at least one to three hours a day in daily devotion a year ago, I think I would be in depression and burnout a few months ago. You can not imagine that even myself, an Anglican priest ordained 23 years ago, did not have daily devotion until a year ago! I was always so busy and always thinking of cutting those daily personal time with Jesus! What a shame! Thank you Lord for your call to pick me up from the mud of busyness to the joy of intimacy with you!

My son, Ignatius, completed his three weeks mission in Ethiopia a few days ago.We are so joyful to welcome him home and know that he experienced God mightily in that three weeks. His one word of experience is "JOY"! Please click this link to read his wonderful sharing:

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Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)

Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice),

Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)

Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)

Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)

Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)

Pray for one AMiA bishop one day at a time

The Rt. Rev. John Engle Miller, III (Joyce)

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time

The Light of Christ Church, Nanaimo

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Kathy King

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Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christians to have daily devotion - a wonderful and intimate time with Jesus.
There are three reasons for you to use this blog as your daily devotion:
1. A healthy spiritual diet - One chapter of the Bible daily. We really need at least one chapter of Bible daily so that we are well fed.
2. A good example of Spiritual Journaling - What I have committed for 1,189 days(the Bible has 1,189 chapters)to write this daily post is not for teaching purposes but this is my daily spiritual journal - I write down what I hear from Jesus and how I experience His intimate relationship with me each day. I have launched a wide-spectrum research on daily devotion and have found out that there are less than 10% of Christians that are having daily devotion. Out of that 10%, many having daily devotion are doing so because of guilt (they know that they are Christians and need to have daily devotion and feel guilty if they don’t do that), duty (they need to fulfill their duty as a Christian) or study(lots of Christians primarily use their daily devotion as a time to study the Bible). I do pray and hope that you will make up your mind to have a relational daily devotion so that you can have an intimate time with Jesus. I pray that you will write your own spiritual journal as well.
3. An online discipler – One of the reasons that so many Christians do not have daily devotion is because they do not have a discipler. A discipler can help them build up this basic element of discipleship when they first become Christians. The best way for you is to have a discipler to walk with you for a certain period of time so that daily devotion become a good habit. Or, you may have a small group of two to three people to encourage and be accountable to each other so that you won’t stop your daily devotion. I offer myself as your online discipler to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

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