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To Love One Another

A sister from church recently asked me if I was available to sing for church service on the 7th next month. Upon hearing the news that I would leave Singapore on the 4th, I received her reply, “Aiya, wanted to make full use of you before your trip!” *gasp*. I chose not to take offense at what was probably meant to be a casual chide (key word: probably), but the statement definitely stirred up familiar feelings of frustration within me. 

In the brief course of time that I have been involved in serving God, I have often been dismayed with how brothers and sisters in Christ see one another more as resources than as persons. It is now no longer uncommon for me to find myself serving somewhere for a substantial period of time and find that I do not have real friends whom I can have a heart-to-heart talk with. Tasks often take precedence over relationships because we get so busy organizing a buttload of activities only to find ourselves feeling empty and burned out at the end of the day.

To be fair, manpower shortage is a huge problem in many ministries that I have been in. Perhaps it is important for us to take a step back and realign ourselves with the kind of ministry model the Lord has intended for His kingdom. Ministries these days run more like companies, as opposed to the “community” model that the early Church had. Indeed I sometimes feel as though fellow brothers and sisters in the ministry are merely my “colleagues” whom I correspond with only when ministry matters arise. While we’re at that, how has “ministry” even managed to departmentalize itself as a separate aspect of my life? What is keeping me from integrating it into my lifestyle? Why does it sometimes feel like a chore?

Certainly, our individual attitudes towards serving God is shaped largely by our spiritual walk and relationship with the Lord. That is something we ourselves are accountable to God for. That being said, are we not also accountable to fellow Christians in terms of encouraging and motivating one another in the love of the Lord, and to spur one another on in good works and service (Heb 10:24-25)? Perhaps we need to give deeper thought into what that entails…

It saddens me that some brothers and sisters in Christ only approach and talk to me when they need help for an event or project they are embarking on. It saddens me that 90% of the “Hey, how are you doing?” from them follows with “Can you come help out for this?”. It requires much patience and understanding (and sometimes even giving the benefit of the doubt) to come to terms with the nature of “fellowship” I share with these people and not to become cynical towards them. It sometimes feels like they’re trying to sell insurance to me!

I take these experiences as good reminders to me to care for the person over the task at hand. Workers of the Lord often face great challenges achieving this as ministry is a very, very busy place. Should I be in a position in future where I often have to recruit helpers for events my ministry is organizing, I hope that when people come and render their assistance, they will find that their spiritual walk is enriched and not hampered, and that they can be assured that I have their best interests at heart in whatever I do. After all, service in ministry is as much an issue of missions as it is one of spiritual growth for the individual. That is God’s two-pronged purpose for ministry: To accomplish His purposes THROUGH us while at the same time doing His work IN us that we may grow into His likeness! We owe it to our fellow brothers and sisters to facilitate them in this process. 

The key lies in loving them – a command so simple in words but so complex in action, so simple to say but so difficult to do. However, one thing I now understand – that my way of loving someone would be to avoid the “insurance agent” syndrome whenever I can. God willing, I will have the capacity and skills to do that, so that instead of wanting to “make full use of someone”, I aim to help the person “make full use of his or her service” to grow in the Lord.

 

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35

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Dear God,

To others it may just be a beautiful sunrise, but when I look at it I am reminded that everything’s going to be ok, just because You are who You are. YOU ARE – yesterday, today and forevermore. Thank You for never hesitating to show Your love in big and small ways. From the little bumble bee to the majestic mountains, from the quickest line at the grocery checkout to the precious gift of Jesus’ blood, You are the only One worthy of praise and worship. Be exalted! \(^o^)/

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Come to Jesus

Come to Jesusby Chris Rice

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
Oh raise your head, for Love is passing by
Come to Jesus, come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain
So sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk sometimes we fall
So fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain
Then cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live

Oh and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside
Then dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on glory’s side
And fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live

This song never fails to touch me. Jesus is someone whom we can share every moment with. Most importantly, He’s the one with whom we can spend eternity. =)

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