Tag Archives: Didache

Empowered Laborer

Empowered Laborer
by Danny Tariman

“The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.” – Matthew 9:37

The verse above contain the very words that spoke loudly in my heart many years ago. I was then on mission to help spread the Good News to a remote village. I saw a real need for people to hear God’s Word — many were beaten, discouraged, sick and downtrodden but didn’t have the chance to listen to His Word.

I started praying every day for the Master of the harvest to send out laborers into His field (Matthew 9:38).

I didn’t expect that one day He would call me to be the answer to my prayer. I was so hesitant because I was shy, scared of standing in front of people, and I was not a speaker.

But God didn’t see my weaknesses. He just saw my availability to work for Him.

As I served in the Lord’s ministry, I saw His hand transforming me.

Just like when He commissioned the Twelve and said, “Do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. For you will be given at that moment what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19).

When He calls, He empowers!

Reflection: “Each of us may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes, and He will not send us out on any journey for which He does not equip us well.” (Maclaren)

Lord, strengthen me in my weakness that I may serve You to the fullest. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache Dec 5, 2015]

Dream House

Dream House
by Danny Tariman

“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” – Matthew 15:28

“The Lord spoke to me through your reflection — to ask in faith regarding our dream house,” emailed a lady.

She was referring to my Didache story about how the Lord enabled us to purchase a 300-square meter lot in a nice village. In my reflection, I shared how the Lord provided so we could pay for the property without obtaining a bank loan.

“I believe the Lord is telling me to just trust Him,” she added. At the time, she didn’t have enough cash for a down payment on a property they were eyeing. Now and then, she would update me.

“The agent pushed the deadline for payment.”

“We sold the condo unit we were selling.”

“My husband was promoted.”

Then one day, she emailed, “We are moving to our new house next week!”

Wow! The Lord is truly awesome!

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it shall be yours.”

This woman’s dream was granted because of her faith.

Reflection: Do you have an almost impossible desire or need that you are praying for? Ask in faith.

Lord, strengthen my faith in you. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache – Aug 5, 2015]

Blessed Pair of Eyes

BLESSED PAIR OF EYES
by Danny Tariman

Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! – Luke 10:23

When I was the sixth wait-listed passenger queuing at the airport, and the counter clerk called me ahead of the rest, I saw the hand of the Lord moving.

When I was given a job to head the project management office of a leading IT company where my subordinates were Masters degree holders and certified project managers while I was neither, I saw the favor of the Lord resting on me.

When I was able to buy in cash a house and lot at an incomprehensibly low price but still beyond my current capacity to pay, I saw the power of the Lord manifesting.

In my “old life,” I’ve had some good luck. I took it all as coincidental or it happened because of me or my doing. I never saw it as coming from God.

I realize now, as I continue to know and grow in the Lord and serve Him, that nothing happens by chance. I am blessed that my eyes are now able to see God moving in my life.

Reflection:
Count your blessings yesterday, the past week, last month. Do you see the Lord moving in your life?

Prayer:
Thank You, dear Jesus, for coming into my life. Continue to manifest Your favor upon me and let me see Your blessings for me. Amen.

[This reflection is first published in Didache Dec 2, 2014]

Childlike

CHILDLIKE
by Danny Tariman

“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:4

“What is it like to be a child? What are the characteristics of a small child?”

These were the questions the teacher posed to us in a Bible study session one evening. The three most common answers from the congregation were: trusting, dependent and obedient.

I was struck by the answers.

Trusting because a child fully trusts his parents and never doubts them. I remember how I asked my little girl to jump into the middle of the pool where I was. Without hesitation, she jumped towards me even if the water was too deep for her.

A child is fully dependent on his parents. He knows that his parents will provide for his needs and even his wants. My son was still little when he asked me for an expensive remote-controlled toy. Even though I could hardly afford it, God provided and he got his toy.

And yes, a child is obedient. Tell him to do something and he does it quickly.

I realize now that it’s a bit of a challenge to be like a child. “The gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). With God’s grace, I will!

Reflection: Are you childlike or childish?

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to be childlike. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache Oct 2, 2014]