I was reminded of some of our friends that have recently picked up archery. I was impressed by the bull’s eyes they proudly put up on Facebook. The archers gauge themselves by the distance they could achieve. I thought to myself, this is no less in successfully sharing Christ: shoot only where you can reach; don’t waste your arrows.
Some are concerned with the nation that is being shaken at different fronts. Do not despair. Joining coffee-shop gossips may not be fruitful. But you can add positive perspectives. It is a testimony to others when they see your optimism. After the shaking, that which is unshakeable will remain.
Meanwhile, build up our own family and fellow church members within your reach. Share, pray and minister to people in your reach to help them through any situation affected by the world system. If everyone does what he can, it amounts to a lot. Imagine NLRC joining together in the same spirit of doing what we can within our reach, it means many people are in action. Casting the vision further to include our village churches, even more people are in action. If our children catch what parents are doing, they too join in the ranks of serving others. Each doing a bit, like meeting a neighbor in a point of need, giving a little help to another, showing interest in someone’s concern; these acts of kindness show the community of King Jesus. These show how we love God and love our neighbor. There is no fanfare but these attract even the Lord Himself to you. He delights in our attitudes of love. An arrow of love strikes hearts. It softens the blows of life’s pressure in this world. Do not wait to do something big to happen. Do it by yourself as unto the Lord.
People do not shout their challenges from their rooftops. But every family go through stuff. Some have money issues; another has concern of a son or daughter; and yet another has issues of behavior of others, etc. Not encouraging anyone to be nosey of another’s family, but when someone confides with you, it is a God-given opportunity for you to respond with an act of kindness.
It may seem like a small thing. But that was the spirit that made the church in Acts 2 flourished in revival. NLRC, these are the things we all can do. It is practical and very do-able by everyone. Look for someone to say ‘hello’ to, give a bit of attention. When more of us will do this, God will move in bigger ways. Invite people to meetings, bible study, cell group, home, tea, lunch, dinner. Buy a snack; share a bag of fruit; think of people from time to time. You will touch people and God is released to move by His Spirit to draw people closer to Him. You never know. Even if they do not come to Christ, it is still good. You have sown something positive into someone’s day. Have a good day!
Pastor Jeremiah Yap