Hey guys. We’ve got some exciting news. StoreHub got accepted as one of the top 20 finalists at the Alliance Bank Bizsmart academy challenge. There were 485 applicants and so we feel very lucky indeed to be amongst the finalists that got chosen.
Over dinner last night, a friend and I had a spirited conversation about a whole range of issues that we as Christians today engage with. We both agreed that there is a lot of fixation on ‘sin’ in church culture and that it tends to lead to a culture of condemnation. Nonetheless, he asked me to clarify my understanding of sin and how it sits in my theological framework.
Here’s my attempt at a response:
Sin is missing the mark. It is not fulfilling the full potential God envisions for us. It is us pooping our pants as toddlers. It is us falling down in our learning to walk.
Should we obsess over our falling down or our poopings?
Because we either grow out of it, or we learn to walk better. I believe that God is less fixated on our falling down than He is on our walking. I believe He is about the words of encouragement, the “That’s alright. Get up. Come on now. Let’s keep walking” than naming and blaming and shaming our falling.
His forgiveness, is in Him giving us this encouragement. In not choosing to focus on our falling short, but on the full potential of what is to come.
Of course, if we choose to remain in our sin, to not get up when we fall, to essentially not ‘repent’, then we can never experience the full forgiveness of what God wants to give to us.
We fall short/sin on a daily basis. There is so little of our lives that is truly Spirit-led. So much of our lives are lived out of our flesh, our selfish instincts. Every so often, we bear some semblance of the very image by which we were created in; when we love, when we care for one another, when we create, when we pause to appreciate beauty. But more often than not, we resemble mere animals.
Salvation is Jesus saving us from our state of devolution. What started out as image bearers of the Creator has spiraled into cycles of death, animal instincts, evil. Jesus showed us what a human being bearing the full image of God looks like, lives like, talks like, eats like, loves like. And He promises a New Life to all that choose to follow His life. A life after life after death(no typo here). A resurrection.
We are not saved from a fiery place called ‘hell’ that we go to when we die. We are saved from our own degeneration. But salvation is received only if we choose to reject this degeneration by our own will. Many will prefer to live out of their selfish desires, many will refuse the Spirit’s urging towards life that bears the Creator’s image. But when the Creator comes back to clean up His house, those that no longer bear his image, will be cast out of the house.
Our salvation, is not just about my ‘rship with God’, it is about us as a humanity, coming back to what it means to be truly human again, bearing the image of the Creator.
Today, I got a message from an entrepreneur wrestling in their journey and sharing some of the struggles they’ve had to deal with.
In the midst of the rant, there’s the popular disclaimer that we commonly hear of “I’m only Human. (therefore)I’m weak.”
And while most of us will typically attribute our ‘humanity’ to weakness, I would dare say that the biblical story points to a very different view. One that talks of a Creator that made Humans in God’s image. And of a Man who came to show us what being truly human is, in the person of Jesus. The kind of walking and talking and living that was full of grace and love and life.
Being Human was never meant to be an excuse for our shortcomings.
Being Truly Human is about fully bearing the Image of God.
Aloha. As I’m getting more understanding of the ecosystem here in Malaysia, I’m starting to see a few opportunities here and there.
For one, I just signed up for an account on MyEG’s make the pitch. Seems like it’s an interesting programme giving startups a nationwide platform for their ideas. The sign up process is a little rough on the edges, but here’s our profile for Storehub’s MyEG Pitch.
Let me know if you’ve had any experience with this!
I’ve now had a few months to get to know the startup scene in Malaysia. It’s really been an eye opening experience and in the midst of it all, I’ve also had the chance to help make a health related startup come to life.
Healthworks is on a mission to make Malaysians healthier by becoming Malaysia’s leading health community. Their approach is multi-fold: education through expert advice and interesting health-related articles, eCommerce with health-related products, and building a thriving, bustling community of health enthusiasts.
I’m really looking forward to seeing this startup take off. Will post updates as we go along.
The countries I’ve made Microfinancing Loans to via Kiva.
I truly believe microfinancing is one of the channels to address the issue of poverty(teach a man to fish), and to believe in people who have dared to dream that they can break away from the chains they were born with.
Microfinancing makes money available when it counts.
Sometimes I feel this. The world falling out from under me. Whether its ‘good’ things or ‘bad’ events that accumulates, you can’t escape that sensation and that knowing that sometimes there’s just so much outside of your control.
We’re constantly bombarded with the message that to remain in control is the successful life. I can’t help but wonder if true success is not so much as to be in control, or seek to attain it, but in learning to embrace the things we don’t and can’t control.
To trust in the things we can’t control. To embrace the uncertainties and the only thing inevitable in life: change itself.
So today, I commit to a life of trusting, of being found in You, the Creator of whom I have no way of ever controlling. For this is the Way that leads to Life. Abundant. Full. Overflowing.