Last Sunday, I preached on four (4) life values which are key components of an authentic life.
Firstly, we must be genuine in our love. We cannot separate our love for God from the love of our brothers and sisters. At the end of the day, God is not going to judge us on how well we relate with the rich, the famous, the talented or the most well dressed people. We are going to be judged by how we treat the least, namely, the least popular, the least loveable, the least powerful and the least able. The Bible says that the way we treat the least is how we have treated Jesus. Who are the least around you? They are the opportunities we are provided to show our love to Jesus.
Secondly, we must be vulnerable. We will never be changed if we continue to wear masks in our lives. The more we are able to reveal our weaknesses, the more we can be changed into His glory. Let us help make our church a safe place for others to be real; a place where folks are allowed to be imperfect and to show their wounds just as Jesus showed His wounds to the disciples. May our Life groups be safe communities where the members can share their lives’ struggles and their failures so that we can pray for one another. In such a spirit of humility, the grace of God will be poured out to bring healing to us.
Thirdly, we must be supportive of one another. This year has been the most emotional one for me as I turned 60. Life has both been challenging as well as exhilarating but at this stage of my life, I am most grateful for what God has done in me which is why I sang the song, “My Tribute” at my birthday celebration with my siblings. One line of the lyrics goes like this: ‘To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he has done…..the voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude’. At my birthday, I wanted to thank every one of my seven (7) older sisters and brothers personally in Hakka. However, I broke down after uttering only the first two words, “Kim Yit…” (Today….). Besides my wife and family, I was so touched by their genuine love and support for me over all these years. One of my sisters even prayed to God to take her life in exchange for mine. Each of us can go far in life if we have friends who will unconditionally support and encourage us. I hope our church will be full of people who are supportive so that we will have many who can soar high in life.
Fourthly, we must mature. We can only grow if we get out of our comfort zones. We can shy away from doing something new, unfamiliar or uncomfortable. We grow only when we face a challenge, a conflict or champion a cause. Many Christians jump from church to church because they do not want to face conflicts and challenges in their walk with God. I hope you will make the decision to use the 3 Cs to grow in the Lord.
Rev. Ron Hee