• Pastor Terence Chow

Updated: Feb 18

29And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God. 30And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.

I enjoy watching sports and if it’s not my team, I often root for the underdog. In fact, I’m unsupportive of teams who somehow stack themselves with the best players while dominating over those who seem inferior. I think to myself, “It’s just not fair!”

The Jews thought that they would exclusively be invited to the great Messianic banquet. And a Gentile (all others) may have felt like being on that inferior team with no opportunity to be saved. But least expected by the Jews, Jesus envisioned in verse 29 that people from all regions, walks, ethnicities, and social statuses would be present at the wedding banquet when He reunites with His bride (God’s people).

And many will be surprised as those who were prominent in this world could be humbled, while those whom no one noticed may be princes in the world to come. God is no respecter of earthly titles, rankings or reputations. As far as He is concerned, we are all on the same playing field and have an equal opportunity to attain greatness in heaven. And it is not who we are, but who Christ is in us that matters. It is not necessarily how hard we work as it is the heart which we work with, a heart who loves God and is willing to live completely for Him.

I have the title and position of a pastor, and although it comes with earthly responsibilities, in God’s Kingdom, it is not in any way an exclusive path to greatness. As John the Baptist concedes in John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Spurgeon says that "the last shall be first" is a reflection of grace. While "the first shall be last" is a reflection of sin. Thank you Lord that you are an “Equal Opportunity Savior.”

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  • Pastor Terence Chow

Updated: Feb 11

'Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.' Luke 10:4 When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go out, they had to travel light and be very focused on their mission. I was thinking that last sentence in the verse above wouldn't fair well with me, as like at Costco, I enjoy running into friends and talking story with them. But is God telling us not to greet people? It’s not that we shouldn’t be social in any way. On the contrary, we are to build deeper relationships with other believers, develop roots, and do His work in our community. Verses 7-11 tells us they stayed in one place, healed the sick and shared the Good News, as long as they were welcomed.

Almost every day, I go running. And when I run, I take my iWatch, a key, and a mask. My goal is to run for 30 minutes and because of the pandemic, I avoid people on my journey. When someone approaches me, I either venture onto the road, or I put on my mask and run by them. Honestly, I don’t enjoy solo jogging so I’m always looking forward to completing the task. And I believe that is how God wants us to have our hearts focused on – like we have a destination to get to, a mission to accomplish, and a commission to complete. And it is not void of relationship. It has to do with building intentional connections with people so they can see experience God’s love through us.

In Acts 2:46, the disciples were meeting together daily in the temple courts and breaking bread in each other’s homes. Well, the pandemic has severely limited us from doing so. And although this virus is serious enough to keep us alienated, we cannot afford to ignore His Word or be complacent. Maybe we have to ask ourselves the following, “Has our love grown cold for others?” “What have we done lately to build community and fulfill His commission?”

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  • Pastor Terence Chow

“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.” Luke 10:22-24

There can be nothing more nerve wracking than sharing the Gospel with a friend or family member. Often we fear being rejected, or face the fact that they may never believe what you are so convinced of. Yet I would imagine there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a loved one saved.

Indeed, the harvest is great and the workers are few. But even though we are commissioned to share the Gospel, we are not responsible for the salvation of others. Jesus has already warned us in Luke 10:16 that if you are rejected when sharing the Good News, He and the Father are the ones actually being disregarded. Our responsibility is to “sow seeds,” not to “harvest” or convert others. And I pray that knowing this truth will ease your fears, along with the pain of being declined.

As verse 23 says, I believe we are blessed to be the Father’s children because we see. And it is not by coincidence. For as far reaching as it may sound, we have been chosen (verse 22) by God over many who long to see but may never because of unbelief. You may propose, in your mind, the most polished and convincing presentation of God’s truth and still be met with resistance. Yet a simple declaration of what Jesus did on the cross could be received by much acceptance.

When I was a college student, I applied to be an intern at “Sunset” magazine. The personal assistant to the Chairman and also a U.S. Ambassador at that time, took really good care of me. I ended up staying with Floyd for a few days and accompanied him on his walks to the Castro. Unbeknownst to me, the Castro is an area frequented by homosexuals. I remember at a street corner taking out my pocket Bible and sharing with him a simple statement of how Jesus loved and died for him. His response was, “Why hasn’t anyone told me this before?” He received Christ that day and thereafter founded a ministry to the homosexual community in Northern California. Please be assured that when people like Floyd are open to God’s revelation and drawn by the power of His love, there’s no stopping them from seeing. And it will not take much effort from you, simply your faithfulness. So keep sharing, as you never know...

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