Reflections From The Bible And Life

Hotspots – Where Should We Connect To?

Before, when we hear hot spots, we think of places where people hang out and chill out. Hotspots nowadays pertain to an entirely new different meaning. They are sources of internet access via wireless network. By being connected to a hotspot source, we have access to the internet and can do anything with our browsers and any internet based programs.

 

In our life, we also have hotspots that we connect to. Whatever we connect to the power that we tap to. If you are connected to pain, chances are everything that you are going to experience are pain-related. If you connect to the ways of this world, chances are you will only experience the things of this world and nothing else. Great commission flows from Great Commandment, which is to make disciples of all people. You are whatever you connect to. Sin begets sinfulness. So where should we connect to, to be able to find inner peace, happiness, love and contentment within ourselves? It is only when we are connected to Jesus that we are able to find all these. Ephesians 2:8 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. It is only salvation through Jesus Christ and our faith and connection to Him that we will be able to find inner peace, love, compassion and happiness and contentment in our life. 

 

We may be busy doing good deeds to others, but are we connected to Jesus when we do that?  Many people do good deeds, but their hearts says they are connected to different entities. It can be rooted to the desire to seek praises and honor from man, and the desire to be respected by man and placed on a high position, much like a god, to impress the opposite sex, to gain favor from someone, to gain favor from God, and many other reasons. Many people do good things for all the wrong reasons. We should know that there is no need for us to do such things for us to gain God’s favor, for even in the midst of our sinfulness, God already loves us, and Jesus already made it possible for us to have God’s grace. All we have to do is seek Him and stay true to Him.

 

Following greed, selfishness, indifference to others, rage, anger, revengefulness, resentments, and other evil stuff that doesn’t go along with God’s teachings can never bring anything good in life. Evil things bring about emptiness, for Satan is the Lord of air (nothingness) and disobedience. Ephesians 2:1-2 states, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

So, if you want to make life more meaningful, memorable, and worth living, be connected to Jesus and nothing and no one else. It is only through Jesus and His teachings will you be saved and blessed.

 

We can never be connected entirely to humans, as no single human being is sinless, not even the pope. Romans 3:10-12 says, 

“as it is written:

‘There is no one who is righteous, not even one; 

   there is no one who has understanding,

     there is no one who seeks God. 

All have turned aside, together they have become worthless;

   there is no one who shows kindness,

     there is not even one.’”

Same thing in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever sinning.”

 

 Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever sinning. Nobody can give us the goodness that Jesus brings, nor can replace Him.

 

 

There is a man by the name of Bertram Lim. He is a very intelligent person. When he was young, he always got top honors. When he graduated here, he decided to take his studies further by studying in MIT. (Massachusetts Institute Of Technology)  When he started school there, he was frustrated because no matter how intelligent he was in the Philippines, he would always flunk the tests in MIT. He wondered why he would flunk when he was doing the same thing as he did in the Philippines. He approached different intelligent people in the US and asked for advises, but no matter what advice they gave him and no matter how he listened to them, he would flunk it. When he was out of options on people to run to, he finally turned to the Lord and prayed for help and advice. The Lord told him to rest. Now, if you were him, I would like to think that you would end up disregarding God’s advice as it doesn’t make any sense as you are already pressured enough to study hard. Resting will not do anything good. Nevertheless, Bertram listened to the Lord, and he would rest one night, and study the next day, rest at night and study the next day. When he did this, he aced his exam with 100% accuracy, and this he did until the day he graduated at MIT. The Lord blessed him when he listened to Him.

 

After graduating, he came back to the Philippines to assume their family business, which is billboard ads. When the father allowed him to manage the business, he made a vow never to display ads that are sexually suggestive, anything about sex, alcohol, cigarettes, tobaccos, or anything God found displeasing. The family business’ sales dropped to a great margin. His father became furious at him, but he would stand up to his values and continued to manage it the way he believe was God’s way. Pretty soon, a new technology was introduced, and the manufacturer of that technology contacted him so they can produce the country’s first outdoor ads using that technology. Now, he is the country’s no. 1 in his field of business, and the Lord has blessed him abundantly. 

 

He returns his love and shows his appreciation to God by posting many outdoor ads like these which cost a fortune:

 

 

 

One must be connected to Jesus in a true sense, no matter what the situation is. One must make decisions, not out of convenience or lesser evil. One can only be good or evil. There is no in-between or gray areas. If you stick to Jesus, you will be blessed abundantly, and your life will be worth living!

 

 

 

 

 
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