By: Ng Shaowen
This is what the (written, living, breathing) Word means for the world: Life and Death.
If Wikipedia’s accurate, only 14.6% of Singapore is Christian.
The Bible is clear-cut when it comes to salvation.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
I’m guessing it’s clear cut to us (who call ourselves Christians). However, we have to – Constantly remind ourselves that there are people unsaved. (done? okay!) & Constantly go out and do something about it.
The Light of the Glory of God, which is Christ, is our treasure, and the most important thing in our lives. We should definitely keep it and guard it with zeal. However, salvation is offered for all via God’s grace. Of course, we at Zion Bishan don’t keep the Gospel to ourselves intentionally. We don’t do it because we think we either lack the ability or lack the zest required.
This is the point where i think God will say, “Get over yourself.” Here’s why:
1 Pet 1:23-25 states, “23for you (we) have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God... 25..And this is the word which was preached to you.
People are born again with the living Word of God.
In order for people outside the Kingdom to be born again, God says: You must have a PhD in Theological Studies, have 5 years preaching experience at the pulpit…
NO! God says: Just tell them the Gospel.
Our means of evangelism is Christ: nothing more, nothing less. Paul says in 2 Cor 4:5 “5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” As little light we may have within ourselves, we can proclaim and put this Light & Treasure into people so that God can work.
We’ve never known how to create light, but that hasn’t stopped us from flipping light switches. We’ve never known how to create electricity, but that hasn’t stopped us from switching our appliances on.
We’ve never known the source, but we always draw upon the source.
How much more then: when God, our source of life, sent His only Son, in order to make Himself comprehensible to us; can we draw upon Him?
Be encouraged and glorified by our average-ness and uncool-ness and whatever-ness! Paul says again in 2 Cor 4:7 “7But we have this treasure (knowledge of the glory of Christ) in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;” Our present self, however it may be, can be used to glorify our King!
Share the good news of Christ and be thankful to God for salvation. They’re not mutually exclusive.
Christ says in Acts 26:17-18 “17… to whom I am sending you, 18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
It may not mean much to us, but it the opening of eyes may mean life and death to those who have yet known Christ.
Now of course, God gives us sufficiency and help in all things, even in evangelism. In fact, He already gave us the only thing that we need in evangelism: The Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1-4, the super-apostles (Peter & John) were rather reserved while sharing the Gospel. However, after being released by all the baddies in Jerusalem, something changed after they prayed and lifted themselves to God.
Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed (for courage), the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Can you imagine Bishan shaking before we head out for community outreach? (: