Christian Faith from God’s Point of View

When Pastor Andrew Chai creates, he feels that the word of God is rich in meaning. Everyone is created by God and is unique. His Christian cartoons show two realities. One is about the reality of life and the world, the other is about the truth of the Christian faith. The art technique of Pastor Andrew is awesome and his message has depth. God often uses his cartoons to answer some of the queries in my heart. Therefore I would like to share his cartoons with you here. You may also like the page of ‘Andrew Chai’ in facebook.

The following is a brief introduction of Pastor Andrew. Pastor Andrew was born in Sarawak, Malaysia. He is a missionary, seminary lecturer, cartoonist, song writer and columnist. He graduated from Singapore Bible College and China Evangelical Seminary. He obtained a Master in Theology and majored in New Testament research. He was a lecturer in World Mission Theological Seminary in South Korea and a chief teaching staff of the school in Cambodia founded by Gospel Operation International. In 2007, Pastor Andrew started drawing Christian cartoons. They are very popular amongst the readers on the internet, and are widely used by churches. In 2012, he started to preach and evangelize while drawing cartoons at the same time. He has been invited to Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan and Hong Kong to lead this kind of gathering. Pastor Andrew has written a few books namely, ‘Examine your Spiritual Life’, ‘Life’s Pointer’, ‘Charged up Ministry’ and ‘Seeking Truth beyond Facts’. Pastor Andrew is married with one son and one daughter. He and his family moved to Germany in July to minister to the Chinese students there.

 

‘Christian Faith from God’s Point of View’ vs ‘Faith Desired by Men’

‘Christian Faith from God’s Point of View’ vs ‘Faith Desired by Men’

 

I would like to share two topics here. The first one is ‘Christian Faith from God’s Point of View’ vs ‘Faith Desired by Men’. People are often very busy and seldom think that God created them. They do not want to have any relationship with God or to believe in Jesus to have eternal life. Psalm (14:2-3 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.) Men have too many false Gods. They often chase after fame, money, power, love relationship, knowledge, and not to mention that they always want to be number one.

In fact, not many people believe in the Lord, and often the religion that Christians desire is different from that of God. Some Christians only want God to bless them and make them rich. But Jesus told his disciples to leave their jobs to follow Him and to preach the gospel. Some missionaries even sacrifice their lives. The cost for being a Christian is to deny himself and carry his cross in order to follow Jesus. There is also cost for not following Jesus, this is to be totally lost. I have a few friends from Hong Kong who are going through a mid-life crisis. They have lost their jobs and do not know the way ahead. Nevertheless, they have not sought the Lord for guidance and help, and just keep on going their own way. They do not feel that they are lost either. On the other hand, I know a lady from mainland China who said that she felt really lost and would like to find out the meaning of life. I preached the gospel to her and explained the meaning of success in God’s eyes. She was very receptive and asked why there are so few Christians who share the truth with numerous mainland Chinese who are lost.

Not only do Christians have to pay a price, they have to be pruned by God as well. Some Christians may think that they have a free ticket to heaven. But in fact, God takes away our faults, so that we can bear good fruit and be confirmed to the likeness of Jesus.

 

‘Success in the Eyes of Men’ vs ‘Success in the Eyes of God’

‘Success in the Eyes of Men’ vs ‘Success in the Eyes of God’

 

The second topic that I would like to share is ‘Success in the Eyes of Men’ vs ‘Success in the Eyes of God’. Many people chase after success in this world such as fame, money and power. They like to go to elite universities, work in companies with a big brand, exalt themselves and look down on others. Due to the influence of parents and the education system, some Hong Kong Chinese, mainland Chinese, Asians and even Christians always want to be number one at everything. If people do not attain the standard of this world, then they are losers.

On the other hand, it is different to be successful in the eyes of God. It is God’s will for us to obey His commandments, to have the character of Jesus, and to use our gifts to serve Him according to His plan. (Joshua 1:8 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.)

The Bible says that Jesus’ disciples gave up their jobs to follow Him and to preach the gospel. Some even sacrificed their lives. The disciples were not successful or great people in the eyes of the world. But in the eyes of God, those who do not do His will are failure.(Matthew 19:30 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.)

The more we focus on ourselves, the further away we are from the will of God. We should surrender to God and obey Him. We need to understand that it is us who follow the Lord and not the other way round. Recently, I hear that youngsters like to follow their own dreams. Perhaps this makes them happy. But true happiness comes from relying on God to have peace and satisfaction. (Psalm 37:4 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.) As we rejoice in God, He will put His desires in our hearts. This does not mean that God satisfies our desires and does our will, but we should follow His wilI.

(John 4:34 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.) True dreams should come from God. We should use our unique gifts to save lost souls. When God judges us in heaven, He will say this to us, (Matthew 25:21 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’)

Cindy Lam

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