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"What will you ask for?"

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설교자 : Rev. Bae
본문말씀 : James 1:5-8

November 26, 2017

 

“What will you ask for?”

James 1:5-8

 

Rev. Se Jin Bae’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

In today’s society, we are inundated with such newly-coined words as ‘Computer’, ‘Internet’, ‘Television’, ‘Pizza’, etc. These words are the results of new developments or changes in the communities and in the world. Lately, some young people in Korea are making up new composite words, which are very difficult to understand by the older generations.

 

I want to introduce to you a new word which has been officially included in the Korean dictionary, and this word is ‘shoveling’. Shoveling is to dig or work with a shovel, but the meaning of the word has changed and its definition in the dictionary is as follows.

 

Doing something useless. Working foolishly or inefficiently.

 

This change in meaning has been caused by the soldiers in Korea. It is mandatory for every Korean young man to serve in the military to defend the country, and during the 70s and 80s many soldiers were engaged in repair work of the roads or buildings using the shovels.

 

The problem was that these projects were subjected to many changes, as the higher officers changed their minds, and frequently the soldiers had to undo their previous efforts.

 

Consequently, the soldiers began to use the word ‘shoveling’ to describe their futile efforts, and the use of this word has been spread to the civilian life.

 

Now, it means ‘Repeating foolish or unnecessary acts’.  Most of us are familiar with this kind of wasted efforts. Many students study tirelessly, but with no discernible improvements, and many business owners work extremely hard, but without reaping any benefits.

 

All of us have heard the famous words of the genius inventor Thomas Edison; “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Based on this, many teachers in Korea have emphasized the importance of the hard work to their students. Having been influenced by this advice, most of us worked really hard and some have been very successful.

 

But in today’s competitive world, working hard alone is not good enough to guarantee a successful result, which I personally experienced after planting a new church in Orlando, Florida. All my efforts did not bring me any success, and I lost my gall-bladder during this period. Then, I realized that what I had missed was the 1% inspiration. Thomas Edison himself knew the value of the 1% inspiration very well.

 

But in Korea we just disregarded the 1% inspiration and concentrated on the 99% perspiration. Consequently, the students in Korea were brainwashed to work hard on rote memorization without paying attention to any new or creative ideas. They lacked the 1% inspiration which would have made them unique and different from others.

 

We are aware that any project with 99% hard work and 0% inspiration is a foolish effort. Without the 1% wisdom, any project will be a waste of time and effort, but often we forget to pray to God for the wisdom.

 

For the students, the business owners, and for everyone, without the wisdom, the success does not come to them. Even at home, the relationships between spouses or parents and children require wisdom constantly. It is the same with our colleagues. We need to have wisdom as well as sincere work ethics to succeed at workplace.

 

All of us need the 1% wisdom which will change our lives and our homes and our workplaces. When we think of wisdom, one person comes to our mind immediately, and that person is King Solomon, son of David.

 

King Solomon’s request for wisdom pleased God so much. Wisdom will bring the prosperity and the way to the right path. Let us read 1 Kings 3:9-15 together.

 

Verse 9   “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

Verse 10  The LORD was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

Verse 11  So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,

Verse 12  I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

Verse 13  Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

Verse 14  And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

Verse 15  Then Solomon awoke – and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the LORD’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.

 

What Solomon asked for was not wealth for himself nor the death of his enemies, but the wisdom to discern so as to govern the people and to distinguish between right and wrong.

 

At the end of his life, King Solomon lamented in Ecclesiastes that everything was meaningless, but in its last chapter, his conclusion was; Fear God and keep His commandments to live a meaningful life. And we need to have wisdom to do so.

 

Now, we want to know how we can acquire this wisdom which is vitally important in our lives, and the answer is found in today’s passage.

 

James 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

 

The first part of above passage says, ‘if any of you lacks wisdom’, which means the person has to realize that he or she lacks wisdom.

 

Do you realize that you lack wisdom in your life, in your home or at your workplace? Then, now is the time for you to ask for wisdom. If you still think you are smarter and better than others, you are full of stupidity, not full of wisdom.

 

James 1:5 advises us to ask God for wisdom by praying to Him. When we pray to God, we should not ask for wealth, honor, or other things, but only for wisdom. Then, God will provide all the things we need.

 

Why are we having so many problems in our lives? It is because we lack the wisdom to solve those problems.

 

Dear congregation, don’t you see the simple solution for your problems? By praying to God and asking for wisdom, we will be given the wisdom. Let us repeat James 1: 5.

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

 

Let us go over this once more.

1.  He gives wisdom generously.

2.  He doesn’t find fault.

3.  He gives wisdom to all.

 

God does not give wisdom to only those who obey Him. He gives to all including those who do not live the exemplary life, without finding fault. Please pray to God for wisdom, so that you will be given the wisdom.

 

When we pray to God, we have to have the right mental attitude.

 

James 1:6  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

 

When we pray and ask for wisdom, we should have a firm belief without any doubt that the good and trustworthy God will give to His beloved people and that we will be given the wisdom.

 

It is clearly stated in today’s passage that if we pray with doubts, we should not expect to receive anything from God.

 

James 1:7  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

 

This tells us to be firm in our belief and firmly on the side of the Lord, not on the side of theories and experiences of the world. Our Lord will not give to anyone who is double-minded and unstable.

 

James 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

 

I believe that our Lord will give wisdom to all who ask for, and I hope that all of you will pray for wisdom and receive it, so that the wisdom will change your lives for the better and more meaningful.

 

Now, my question to you is; what are you going to do with the wisdom you receive by praying to God? Are going to use it for your well-being or for your neighbors’ well-being? I want you to use it for the benefit of your neighbors and bring happiness to them with love.

 

Up to now, have you used your wealth, health and talents to make others happy or shared them with your neighbors? Or were you just too busy to take care of yourself and your family only?

 

The world is being changed by 1% of people who have inspiration, and not by 99% of people who are ordinary. So is the church. The 1% of members who have been inspired by God will bring on the spiritual revival and will change the church.

 

I want to ask all of you here not to be the ordinary 99%, but to be the inspired 1% of believers.

 

I hope and pray that our church will bring happiness to many people in the world, as it is up to us to expand the kingdom of God on earth. I hope for the spiritual revival of all the churches in Michigan through our church’s revival and that our church’s vision will be spread to the whole U.S.

 

I hope we will pray for the wisdom which we will use for the benefit of our neighbors and the world. With the wisdom, we want to be the inspired 1%, and not to be the useless 99%. If you feel you lack wisdom, please pray to God now, so that you will join the inspired 1% by receiving the wisdom from God.

 

The closing hymn will be; “I believe my faith has grown stronger through the trials”

 

 

 

   


   

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제목 : The Life of a Witness
설교일 : 2017.12.03
본문말씀 : John 1:6-15
설교자 : Rev. Shin

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