You can play well, wear the nicest jersey, pass the ball well, even shoot the ball on target frequently enough, but if you don’t score, you lose in the end! That’s what happened last night in the 2018 World Cup Final match between France and Croatia. Croatia had possession of the ball most of the game, took more shots at goal, passed the ball more accurately and more frequently, yet in the end, it was France who won – beating Croatia 4-2. Thinking about the church, I see a similar thing. We could sing well, worship intimately, spiritually and even prophetically, we could have great fellowship – warm, supportive, caring and loving, we could have many deep, intensive Bible studies and we could have fantastic people enjoying serving the Lord in the ministries of the church BUT if we don’t win souls, we lose in the end! “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Lk.19:10
by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4; Psalm 70
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
As Paul elaborates on the “hidden wisdom of God” (v7), he refers to the prophet Isaiah’s message in Isa 64:4. What caught my attention was the word “love”, which I don’t remember reading in Isaiah. Interestingly, I found out that Isaiah wrote “those who wait for Him”, instead of “those who love Him”. It seems that for Paul, to be willing to wait on God is to love Him. To wait is to trust. To trust is to obey, even when we don’t understand. That’s what loving God truly means. (See John 14:21)
It brings me great comfort to know that God has unimaginable things in store for those who trust and love Him. Often, in my troubles and trials, I lose sight of God’s promises. I begin to feel weak, helpless, and even despairing. But I am reminded today that God has prepared wonderful stuff for me that can only be received through waiting, and walking by faith. My task is not to worry, but to love. Yes, to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. His deliverance will come!!
“It is well, it is well, with my soul!”
by Rev Joel Yong
2 Peter 3:7-12
By God’s word, the present heaven and earth are designated to be burned. They are being kept until the day ungodly people will be judged and destroyed. Dear friends, don’t ignore this fact: One day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act. The day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day heaven will pass away with a roaring sound. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and be destroyed. The earth and everything that people have done on it will be exposed. All these things will be destroyed in this way. So think of the kind of holy and godly lives you must live as you look forward to the day of God and eagerly wait for it to come. When that day comes, heaven will be on fire and will be destroyed. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and melt.
As time goes by, people’s consciousness of God and His ways decreases and they begin to grow in increasing pride and awe of themselves.
That is how it will be.
They will start to think of God as a concept or a myth.
And begin to live only for themselves and do whatever they think is right. They rationalize alternative ways of living life and call those who hold onto God’s way of life as intolerant, conservative, or draconian.
It is clear from this passage that the writer prophesied that this was going to happen.
And the reason for God’s ‘delay’ was that He is being patient.
He is waiting for humankind to turn.
To seek God instead of being lovers of themselves.
But it’s a long wait and not an endless wait.
One day God will destroy it all in fire.
So what do we place our hope in then?
Our bank accounts? Our status? Our degrees? Our possessions?
All these will go up in flames when the end comes.
As for me – I put my hope in Jesus.
He is the truth, the way and the life.