Edmund Chan's Message #1
"The most important reality we live in is the unseen world. Ultimate reality is the Kingdom of God."
– Pastor Edmund Chan
Pastor Edmund Chan encouraged our global leadership community through several profound teachings on discipleship in Malaysia recently. And, he walked with us through meals, discussions, and even an outing to the city. What a beautiful example for us as we seek to live lives more rooted in Christ.
His first teaching focused on Entering the Sanctuary from the words of Asaph in Psalm 73.
Asaph was the worship leader of the entire nation so his example was critical. Yet, he confesses in vv. 1-2 that he had fallen away. He proceeds to explain how he gave up but can’t give up and later to try to understand, but he admits he cannot understand! (vv. 13-16)
But, he learned a powerful lesson shared in v. 17: “I entered the sanctuary of God”. This proves to be the pivotal verse of the passage, where things start to turn around.
As Edmund shared,
“Some of the world’s greatest problems can’t be solved outside the sanctuary of God!”
Asaph was consumed by a wrong perspective (vv. 18-20), poor desires (vv. 21-22) and the wrong hope (vv. 23-24).
Ultimately, Asaph goes back to the pivotal truth shared in v. 17. He concludes the psalm by saying:
"But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge."
– Psalm 73:28
You see, “Inside Out means Everything” as Edmund concluded. We must Enter the Sanctuary!
I hope that, as we say in Asian Access, you are ALL IN with God. It’s only in this deep abiding relationship with Jesus that we can gain the kind of perspective Asaph gained.
Praying for you,
Joe Handley, President
"I believe that the test of leadership is found in the third generation. It involves mentoring leaders who would reproduce leaders. This is why I thank God for Asian Access! It is an outstanding movement that's strategically committed to sustainable leadership development! Mentoring leaders. Multiplying disciples. YES!!!”