Who says you need big plans to change the game?

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We just came from a weekend with multiple students and campus missionaries having to preach to different crowds about the life of Josiah.

We preached about how a radical change can take place beginning with a game changer. We connected it to campus ministry and how radical change in our society can take place if only we keep preaching the gospel to the students, the would-be if not the already movers and shakers of our world.

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RADICAL CHANGE. Huge concept. Big word. Sounds impossible but we are excited (in fact, always more than excited) especially when we think about the hundreds, thousands of students more who will receive Jesus as their Lord and savior and follow Him as we keep doing campus ministry.

That’s huge! With a big God, it is possible. Fact is, it will happen.

The ones who have started the movement used to just believe for this huge possibility and three decades after, we get to witness the move of God with thousands of students.

But does it matter to God? The huge things?

I belive so. But pondering on how Josiah lived his life, it made me weigh on things. Was Josiah a “big plans” kind of man? Or was there something he did, something small, that may have led him to be a vehicle of a radical change in his world?

2 Chronicles 34:1-3
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

For in the eighth year of this reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father. And in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places the Asherim and the carved and the metal images.

What did Josiah do first that led him to being a man who would then cause radical change?

When he was 16, while he was young, he began to seek God.

Now that’s the game changer!

Josiah had God in his life. He began to seek God. He kept seeking and obeying God. Then God used him in the world he was at.

So a simple formula from Josiah on how to bring about radical change is simply this:

YOU + GAME CHANGER = RADICAL CHANGE

 

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YOU – Yes you! Not THEY. You! Don’t let anything limit you because God has chosen to partner with ‘you’ in bringing about change in your world.

GAME CHANGER – Something you possess or you do. Even a little thing that can impact your whole life. In Josiah’s case, his game changer was God. He had a personal relationship with God. Upon hearing God, he obeyed every step of the way. Those moments of obedience little by little contributed to an unimaginable radical change.

It all began when he started seeking God.

Do you notice something that needs change in your world today? Seek God.

How does seeking God look like to you everyday?
Personal time with God. Having a set time to worship God in songs. Reading the Bible and studying it. Journalling.

Time with fellow Christ-followers. Taking time to encourage one another to Christlikeness.

Hearing God’s word with others.

They’re little things we can do everyday. They’re not extravagant plans. They’re simple. But these little things are the start of something huge.

How about you? What are the little things you do everyday to seek God? Share it!

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Final na! I’m Voting For ________ Today

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My vote. The power of choosing. And where my hope comes from.

It’s an inescapable topic these days: who are you voting for this election! Whether from the free world, USA, or here, this is what most people are talking about. While¬†a lot of friends have been very sure of who they’re voting for this May, I could only listen to them coz I was still uncertain. But I’ve made up my mind.

MY VOTE

If election were to happen today, I am still undecided. But if voting would mean having to choose between choices by voicing out, then that’s what I’m so sure of.

Final na toh! Today, I’m voting for:

Choice: Status Quo vs. Change (I choose change!)

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

There’s power in choosing. Once we elect a president, we are the ones who have ushered him/her to power. If nobody votes, it will be an invalid election.

Let’s put that into a daily perspective. Everyday, we can choose to do something between two choices– to remain the same or to change. To stick with the status quo or to contribute to change.

Which one have we been choosing?

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I think about the privilege of being a campus missionary. Reaching students. Coaching them to be Christ-followers. Mentoring them so they can be agents of change themselves. And what if among these students comes the next president of the Philippines?

Whatever you do and wherever you’re situated (homemaker, employee, boss of the company, schools), you don’t have to wait for election day to choose change. You can do it today. You have the privilege to change the world as well even in little ways.

How? If I’m talking to Christians in this part, maybe the biggest change we can contribute to this nation is in exemplifying Christ-likeness in our social media posts. Are we so sold out to our choice that we forget about SELF-CONTROL, LOVE for others and it’s so easy for us to join in the MUDSLINGING as if it will change the world. Go be a Christian. That’s how you change the world.

Guys, our hope comes from the Sovereign Ruler. We can look forward to a new way of leadership from a new president but ultimately our hope lies in the God of the universe.

I will vote. That’s a must! And I will carefully and prayerfully choose who to vote for. But my hope? Still comes from God. As the psalmist said, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

Undecided who to vote for? This blog from Pastor Joey Bonifacio might help you in your filters. Click this.

Now, let’s go and change the world!

For me today, it means talking to our would-be campus missionaries one-by-one and give them honest & life-giving evaluations so they would be guided as they start reaching students next month! The impact of that is unimaginable– students all over the Philippines and the world taking part in the change of their lives which in turn will be felt in society.

What can you do today to change OUR nation?