Wednesday, June 2, 2010
CHANNELS OF BLESSINGS
What is the greatest need of any person? I believe it is the knowledge of where they will spend eternity. No matter how well they will deny, no one will fail to express this need when they are confronted with evidence of their mortality. Thus, we as Christians and people of God should cultivate this attitude – to see how we can play a part in fulfilling this long-term need of the people that God has placed in our midst.
Eph 2:10 tells us “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. This verse tells us what we are saved for - to produce the good works that demonstrate salvation’s reality. While works play no part at all in securing salvation, Christians will prove their faith with good works. And the best work we can do for God is to point the people around us to Christ by sharing the Gospel with them. God has saved us so that we will go out and share the Gospel with others. We show that we belong to God’s family by being responsible members of the family.
If you were to see a child run out into the road, what would you do? I am sure you would run out and even risk your own life to pull the child out of harm’s way. There are many people, men, women and children, who are being pressed and pressured by sin, temptation and all the stress of world. They are dying without the Lord and it is our responsibility to rescue them from eternal death.
We Christians should always maintain an interest in the future of others. We need to remember that all people are creatures of God. Whether or not a person ever loves him in return, still God loves them so much that he gave his Son to for them and to carry their sins.
It is a sad fact that many people struggle with their need to understand and find meaning with their lives. In Singapore, it is estimated that there is one suicide a day. We Christians have found our meaning in life in Jesus Christ who offers us grace for each day and a secure hope for tomorrow. It is our duty and responsibility to point the people around us to the one person, Jesus Christ, who can help them into an understanding and meaning of their lives.
My friends, we are the beneficiaries of Christ’s ability and willingness to redeem us from our sins. But I am sure that all of us are Christians today because someone took the time to share the Gospel with us. It could have been a parent, a sibling, a friend or someone else. God used someone near us as a channel of blessing, to show his grace and love and bring us into his Kingdom. These people understood their responsibility as members of God’s family. Therefore, we too should remember to be responsible members of God’s family.