The Awesome Things: To be Salt and Light to the World - In Hindsight of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Monday, December 9, 2013

To be Salt and Light to the World - In Hindsight of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda


The Philippines has suffered greatly in the past few weeks. First from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol and other parts of the Visayas and when the people has not yet recovered from it another storm came to our beloved country which damaged thousands of home and families in different provinces of the Philippines. It was heartbreaking. Tears were shed and the grief came especially to the ones who lost their loved ones. This is definitely not an easy feat to overcome. Fortunately, lots of countries shared God’s love to us in the means of financial help, medical teams, rescue, food and water amongst others and it was much appreciated with our grateful hearts. NGOs, business organisations and other fellow countrymen helped as well in their own means of giving relief goods, financial assistance and prayers.


It was an amazing sight to see fellow locals in Cebu and even foreigners volunteering for DSWD in CICC, Cebu; packing for relief goods even though it was hot and people were sweating from the heat yet the people still continued to work without asking anything in return just in order to help the ones in need. It was a great feeling to help knowing that deep in your heart you’re doing this for God’s kingdom because everything is just a test after all in this world. How you live your life on earth will be the same way as how you will live your life in God’s kingdom. Might as well practice now while we’re still alive.

If you’re one of the volunteers who set aside some goods for yourselves, shame on you. If you’re one of the people who hoarded relief goods for yourselves, shame on you. Let’s not allow greed and evil to prevail. We will always have confidence that God will provide and use people as instruments to do so. Allow yourself to be an instrument. To be a contributor of light, not of darkness.

It was such a disgrace when there were news of people ransacking homes, looting other people’s possessions, stealing refrigerators, jewelries and smashing ATMs. If they were looting for food, that was understandable because of the hunger and thirst but jewelries?  ATMs? That’s another thing. That’s unacceptable. Will we really react that way when major disasters strike? If that’s the case, then our souls has completely blackened out. Let this be an eye opener. This is a major problem in our beings if this greed and corruption will prevail. Have we really gone cold, apathetic and unaffectionate? If that’s the case, then we are in great danger of losing our souls along the way.


The Philippines claim to be a Christian nation but from what we hear in the news, people are not acting as genuine Christians. There’s a big difference between being religious and being spiritual. Being religious is practicing the traditions of what the churches has instilled upon us but being spiritual is practicing genuine Christianity, connecting ourselves to God through reading His words, and sharing His Love to others.
Just like how this song goes “So blessed I can’t contain it, so blessed I gotta give it away. You’re love has taught me to live now, you are more than enough for me.” We can only hope and pray that we would stop being a corrupt nation and start sharing the blessings God has poured upon us to others. That way, we’re truly having a life well lived.

Revelations 22:12 “Behold. I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”
To be God’s voice, to be God’s touch, to be His answers and to share God’s love. That’s what I want to do. How about you? Do you want that too?
Sometimes we need to fail for us to grow, to lose in order to gain and to get hurt for us to learn. Let’s test our souls. It’s enough to lose homes, families but let’s not lose our souls as well. May God grant us the strength to fight this battle so evil will not prevail.  May God’s light shine through us for His glory and for His kingdom.

May the typhoon be a warning to us all. It’s the signs of the times. It’s scary to think that the world would end. But that’s inevitable and all of these will surely take place. If death will come for me, I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. Dying is not that bad as long as I’ve had a life well lived for God. I can only hope my death will not be a long and painful one. Jesus Christ even died on the cross and won over death through the glory of the Father so that we too may have new life. (Romans 6:4)

 What we can do now is to trust God and when we do trust we should not doubt. God’s words are trustworthy and true. Let’s connect ourselves to the power source – which is the living God. Let us be the salt and light of this world and pour God’s love to others. For our lives are meant to be lived for others, not for ourselves. In case we haven’t noticed, these devastation that happened to the Philippines and are happening to the world right now are warning signals. Wake up people! Let us stay awake for the end will come like a thief. It’s near.  Come Lord Jesus, come.

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