Those earlier days

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Heb 10:1-17; Pro 11:12-13

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Hebrews 10:32-33
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.

REFLECT
The writer of Hebrews continues his letter of earnest encouragement to early Christians who were suffering greatly for their faith. Here, he reminds them to remember. Yes, to remember the time when they first saw the light, and how willing they were to endure hardship because of the joy they found in Christ. Yet somehow, that joy had faded away, and some of the believers were now in danger of turning their backs on Jesus and choosing the easy way … which could lead only to death.

RELATE
Yes, I remember my early days as a Christian, some 30 years back. Such great was my joy and awakening that there was little that I would not do for God. So sweet was the fellowship of believers in my first church that I eagerly awaited our weekly small group and Sunday service. Most of all, the fear of God was so strong that all temptations seemed easily overcome. Well, that was special grace, and a foretaste of heaven! Now that the honeymoon period is over, my faith must be tested so that it becomes deep and mature. But whenever the going gets tough, I must remember that holiness is possible. I had a glimpse of it in “earlier days”!

REST
Lord, I need you, now and forever. May I always love You as my First Love!

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Day 321

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “Everything is safe and sound!” destruction will suddenly strike them. It will be as sudden as labor pains come to a pregnant woman. They won’t be able to escape.

Jesus is coming again.
When He comes, this world will end and all will be judged.
The day will come suddenly as described above.

How ready am I for His return?

1 Thessalonians 5:4-9
But, brothers and sisters, you don’t live in the dark. That day won’t take you by surprise as a thief would. You belong to the day and the light not to the night and the dark. Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober. People who sleep, sleep at night; people who get drunk, get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. It was not God’s intention that we experience his anger but that we obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Great reminder to:

  1. Put on faith and love to protect myself from straying or falling away near the End. Faith that Jesus will surely come again rather than have doubt take possession of my mind and no longer persevere on this Christian journey. Love that Jesus has shown to me – and remind me of His place in my life and my place in His heart.
  2. To guard my mind and thoughts with this hope I have in Jesus. “I am saved by Him and through Him, no matter what happens.” Bad things may happen but in Jesus, I know I will experience victory in the end.

With the above, may I be faithful to Him until the very end.