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"Be Patient"

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-09-25 (화) 06:30 조회 : 105
설교일 : 2018.09.23
설교자 : Rev. Taegyu Shin
본문말씀 : James 5:7-11

September 23, 2018

 

“Be Patient”

James 5:7-11

 

Rev. Taegyu Shin’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

A businessman who had gotten over huge obstacles to rebuild his business was being interviewed and the reporter asked him about the secret of his rebuilt success. At the question, the businessman pulled out a picture of his wife, so the reporter said, “Was your love for your wife the secret of your successful comeback?” The businessman looked very serious and said angrily, “Quite the contrary! Every time I look at her picture, I remind myself that no hardship I face now can be compared to the challenge the one in this picture gives.”

 

The title of today’s sermon is “Be patient”. Patience can be talked about when we are urging ourselves or reminiscing about our past experiences, but we would hesitate to tell someone who is going through hardships to be patient, as we may hurt the feelings instead of giving the person comfort or encouragement.

 

Urging ‘patience’ is not an easy subject and generally we are not happy to hear this advice.

 

We live in this world in which we strive to be comfortable, to have easy and quick access to convenience. There are many advertisements urging us “not to endure or suffer anymore” and “to buy convenience”. The world is changing to be a place without any pain or inconveniences and trying to be a place where you can do anything you want.

 

I want to share a funny story about a hot-tempered guy. He prayed to God, “Dear God! I know I have been in trouble a lot because of my impatience. Please give me the power to be patient. I believe you can give me patience at this moment!” 

 

When we ponder more about patience, a king does not need it, as he can get almost anything he desires without being patient. Put it in another way, a Superman does not have to be patient.

 

Being patient means to bear with the uncomfortable circumstances which cannot be helped. So, when someone says to you “Be patient”, he is implying that nothing can be done at present.

 

However, James is urging us to be patient and stand firm in our faith in today’s passage.

 

In our faith, having patience is the characteristic of an adult, as children do not have any patience. Once, when my older son was about 5 years old, on our way to church, suddenly he asked me a question in our car. “Daddy, Daddy, will you let me have this car later?” “Yes, of course!” He was very excited to hear my reply and then asked again very seriously. “When will you let me have this car?” I didn’t want him to have his hopes up prematurely, so to discourage him completely, I answered, “When I go to heaven, you can have it!” Then, this was what he said; “I want Daddy to go to heaven soon!”

 

A child hates to wait, as he does not understand why he has to wait. He just wants to have it now. My son was just expressing his wish to have the car when he said “I want Daddy to go to heaven soon!” without thinking of the consequences. Children do not know much and do not have enough experiences, so they cannot be patient.

 

We shouldn’t even expect children to be patient, as we want them to tell us right away if they are hungry or in pain. Therefore, there is a marked difference in our expectation of patience between an adult and a child.

 

So, in today’s passage, James is urging the brothers to be patient in suffering, as he thinks they are mature adults having strong faith. He shows three examples of patience.

 

1.  The patience of farmers

 

A farmer works hard, as he patiently waits for the land to yield its crop, just like a Senior in High School who works hard so that he can get the admission to the college of his choice, and they are both waiting for the desired result with patience.

 

Therefore, patience is waiting for the right result.

 

<The boiling point>

For the water to boil, it doesn’t matter how long the water was on the stove, but the temperature of the water has to reach 100°C. If the water only reached 99°C, it will not boil, but by adding a little more effort and 1°C more, it will reach 100°C and then the water will start to boil.

 

What is the secret of finding the water every time for an expert water-well digger? His secret is to keep on digging until water squirts out.

 

So, James is urging the brothers to ‘be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”

 

2.  The patience of prophets


The second thing James mentions is the patience of the prophets. A prophet cannot wait for the harvest of fruits like the farmers do. When the people have committed sins and are disobedient, the prophets are usually called by God to ask them to repent before God. Do you think people welcome the prophets? Of course not! People don’t necessarily hate the prophets, but they do hate the messages of the prophets. People sometimes accuse them for being false prophets and prosecute them in their obstinance to go against the will of God.

 

James is urging his brothers in Christ not to grumble against each other. Just like the prophets who are called to do God’s work which they may not want to do, what we have to do may not be what we want to do. You are not being servile but serving the Lord, when you serve and have fellowship with those whom you don’t like personally. We have to do the will of the Lord who has called us to the church and we need to have a lot of patience and disregard for our discomfort, to do God’s work.

 

I want to share a method of taming wild horses by the cowboys in the west. Quite a while ago the ranchers figured out how to tame the rough wild horses, and this is how the taming is done.

First take a wild horse out into the pasture and bind it to a small donkey, and then let them go without any reins.

 

At first the wild horse will run and jump everywhere with the donkey and then disappear beyond the horizon, dragging the donkey.

 

After a few days, both the wild horse and donkey will reappear. They are still bound together, but they look completely different. The donkey is leading in the front and the wild horse is following very obediently. After having tried so hard to get rid of the donkey, the wild horse has now given up on that idea and is following the donkey meekly.

 

There are some people who act like these wild horses, being overconfident of their strength. But in the end, they cannot win over those who may look stupid, but have the perseverance and patience of donkeys.

 

3. The patience of Job

 

The third thing mentioned in today’s passage is the example of Job. All of you know about Job’s sufferings, and the reason he could be so patient and persevering was because he had absolute trust in God. You remember his words “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away”, which shows his belief that God could rightfully take back what He has given, and his confession that “I will come forth as gold after He has tested me.” Job was able to overcome all his hardships with his faith in God and later was blessed with the prosperity of twice as much as he had before.

 

I want to share a famous anecdote of Rev. Young Bong Yoon, our founding pastor of this church.

 

This was before he fled to the South, and he had been imprisoned in North Korea.

“One morning I was eating a ball of rice provided by the jailer and I came across a small fishbone within the ball. After debating whether to throw away the bone or to eat it, I put it in my mouth and began to dissolve it there for over 2 hours. In the end, the completely dissolved fishbone in my mouth was able to supply me with good nutrition and calcium. In my ministry, once in a while I come across people who are very difficult to digest like fishbones. But my experience of chewing on a fishbone for over 2 hours in the jail has taught me the true principle of the ministry; ‘Be patient and endure for a long time for each member of the church.’”

 

The true principle of patience that I learned from chewing on a fishbone for over 2 hours in order to digest it should be applied not only to the pastors in their life-long ministry, but to every member of the church.

 

James 5:11  “As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered. … The LORD is full of compassion and mercy.”

 

When we are patient, God will take care of our concerns. Patience is one of the basic requirements of a Christian life, as we patiently die with Jesus Christ and are reborn in Christ. After laying down our own will and our own way of life, we obey and follow the guidance of the Lord.

 

Therefore, our faithful life means giving up our own will and living our lives according to the will of God. You may not agree at first, but with the following explanation, I hope you will agree with me.

 

It is more advantageous for us to follow the will of God, as God knows us better than we do. He will lead us better than we do, as we are like a child who demands to have something right now without thinking of the consequences.

 

When things go well, we do not go to the Lord, but when things require our patience, we desperately seek the Lord. But He welcomes us any time; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

 

Our church right now needs to be patient, like James said. Until what time do we have to be patient? Until the Lord comes again! And until our new Senior Pastor comes to us! We have to be patient until we bear the fruits of our patience.

 

Like the saying of ‘A great vessel takes a long time to make’, great success does not happen quickly, so we should not fret about the delay, but wait patiently for our new pastor while the Lord is going through the process of finding a perfect one for our church.

 

Even if we are not happy with the process, we should not blame each other. Even if there are any problems, let us not jump into any conclusions or accusations. By patiently waiting and obeying the will of God in His work, we will help our church to be the church of the Lord, not the church of only smart people or righteous people.

 

In conclusion, I want to remind you that the whole process is the work of God. Just as Job patiently obeyed God in his sufferings, we should trust God and be thankful for His work in this process. Then, along with our new Senior Pastor who is to come, we will be well prepared to accomplish the task assigned to our church in this last age.

 

Let us be patient! Let the Lord do the work!

 

 


   

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제목 : "That Unforgettable Person!"
설교일 : 2018.12.02
본문말씀 : 1 Thessalonians 1:1-7
설교자 : Rev. Tae Hong Kwon
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