Lesson 1… The 5 biggest failures of Jesus, and how He turned them around.
Jesus had no money to pay His taxes (Matthew 17.24-27)
The failure was that Jesus found Himself in a situation where He owed taxes and had no money to pay them. It was embarrassing – a shame, potentially an image-damaging situation. Where would He find this money? Would He ask for a loan?
He was put on the spot, was under pressure, but did not despair. The Lord Jesus did not stand still; He did something. He didn’t run away from the problem or ignore it. Instead He came up with an unusual solution and was determined that it would work. He told Peter to do what he knew how to do, what he could do best. Jesus was worried about having good credit, a good name. He took care of his bills quickly. Jesus was concerned about His reputation.
In difficult times you need to be prepared to use your faith. Peter had to ignore his experience, his common knowledge as a fisherman, and believe that he would see what he had never seen before—money in the mouth of a fish.
Like Jesus, we have to combine skill and faith: do what you know how to do (Peter and fishing) and have the faith that God will do what you cannot. There are people who make a bad name for themselves by having bad credit, and are not even worried about it. And yet, no area of our lives is more visible than our finances. We can’t fake prosperity—either we have money or we don’t.
One of the best ways to be a testimony for God is in our finances because we live in a world than revolves around money.
Si Jesus ay walang pera para makapagbayad ng buwis (Mateo 17:24-27)
Si Jesus ay sinisingil sa kabayaran ng kaniyang buwis subalit wala siyang pera para maipambayad sa kanila. Nakakahiya -nakakasira ng pagkatao. Saan kaya Siya kukuha ng pera? Mangungutang ba Siya?
Ang ginawa ni Jesus:
Nalagay siya sa mahirap na sitwasyon ngunit hindi siya nawalan ng pag asa. Hindi Siya nagsa walang kibo, gumawa Siya ng paraan. Hindi niya tinakasan ang problema o ipinag walang bahala. Hindi pangkaraniwang solusyon ang kaniyang naisip ngunit determinado siya na ito ay makakatulong. Sinabi niya kay Peter kung anong dapat gawin at iyon ang alam niyang pinakamagandang gawin. Iniiisip ni Jesus ang pagkakaroon ng magandang record sa pagbabayad at malinis na pangalan. Mabilis niyang nabigyan ng solusyon ang kaniyang pagkakautang. Iniingatan niya ang kaniyang reputasyon.
Gamitin mo ang iyong pananampalataya sa ganitong sitwasyon. Kinalimutan ni Peter ang kaniyang karanasan bilang isang mangingisda at naniwala siya na makikita niya ang bagay na di pa niya nakikita – ang pera sa bunganga ng isda.
Katulad ni Jesus, gamitin natin ang ating kaalaman at pananampalataya:gawin mo kung ano ang nararapat na gawin at maniwala na gagawin ng Panginoon ang di mo kayang gawin. May mga tao na masama ang record sa pag utang at wala silang pakialam. Sa ngayon, ang unang nakikita sa buhay natin ay ang ating pang pinansiyal. Hindi natin puwedeng dayain ang kasaganaan – meron man o wala tayong pera.
Ang isang magandang testimony sa Panginoon ay kung paano nabago ang buhay pang pinansiyal sapagakat hindi tayo makakagalaw ng walang pera.