GS Desk January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


 

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7, ESV).

Uncertainties are still looming as we enter the New Year. Outwardly, political and economic circumstances remain as volatile as ever. At the personal level, we can neither predict the longevity of our lives nor fully guarantee the safety of our jobs. But ironically, we in Singapore are obsessed with the desire for control. Even among Christians in Singapore, the idol of control is prevalent.

Despite recognising the uncertain realities, we still often make excessive attempts to achieve control and security in our lives, for instance by buying numerous insurance policies, putting more money in our savings, or incorporating multiple safeguards into our plans and programmes. Yet, it is common to see that the more control we have, the more anxieties we experience. We want to anticipate the outcomes and see expected results.

However, Paul’s exhortation in 2 Corinthians 5 is the complete opposite. He believes that we do not live and walk by sight, but by faith. In this case, as Hebrews 11:1 defines, “faith is the conviction of things not seen.” This is a rare but necessary antidote to the toxic life obsessed with control.

How then should we walk by faith?

First, our walk should be “of good courage” (v.8). The original word in Greek (tharreo) is not just about boldness, but also a matter of composure, fortitude, determination, and cheerful joy. It means despite the uncertainties and anguish we may experience, we still walk in confidence in the Lord with endurance and joy.

Second, we should walk with one “aim to please Him” (v.9) This means we should get rid of any thing or person, including control and security, which stands between us and the Lord, so our aspiration is to delight Him only.

Lastly, we should walk responsibly and conscientiously, as all of us must “appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (v.10). It means our lives in this world is transient and we cannot run away from the certainty of receiving what is due for what we have done in the body, whether good or evil.

Hence, based on this reflection, I would like to commit the ministry year of 2018 into the Lord’s merciful hand as we carry out major events (FES National Conference, 5-7 Oct; various student camps), strategic planning (staff conference, project BV20), and new initiatives (distinctive writing, ministry support community). Pray that we will do all this in good courage, to please Him only, and with much sensible accountability.

At the same time, with gratitude and hope, I would also like to pray for all of you, in all aspects of your life (career, family, relationship, ministry, community), to continue walking by faith, not by sight. May this be held in our hearts and kept in our minds throughout the year, so when we end the year of 2018, we will be “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil 1:27).

 

In His grace,
 

Lisman Komaladi
General Secretary
 

 

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