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“If We Keep That All to Ourselves, We Simply Become a Well of Stagnant Water”

Timothy Lim | 29 August 2022

CH and Wendy with their three kids

If you just moved to a new country with kids to settle in a new school, a new role at the workplace to get used to, and no house to call your own, would your family prioritise serving in a new church?

CH and Wendy, both in their 50s, and their kids ages 18, 14, and 13 moved to Singapore from Shanghai seven years ago. They quickly joined Covenant EFC after a brief search. One of their first Sundays at church happened to be a Step-Up Sunday, a churchwide call to serve in various ministries.

“Serving is a critical part of being a Christian. It is the outpouring of the love we received from Christ. If we keep that all to ourselves, we simply become a well of stagnant water and cease growing.”

Critical part

Wendy gleefully answered to the call to serve. She invited CH and their eldest daughter, Natalie, to serve with her. CH and Natalie were reluctant at first but the family soon settled into a pattern of serving the Chinese ministry through worship and AV. Attending the Chinese service also became a part of their routine on top of attending the English service.

CH serving in AV at the Mandarin service

I asked very curiously why CH and Wendy decided to make this decision as a family. Given the demands of the modern workplace, there were many other good ways to spend time together. “Serving is a critical part of being a Christian. It is the outpouring of the love we have received from Christ. If we keep that all to ourselves, we simply become a well of stagnant water and cease growing,” Wendy responded thoughtfully.

Intimidated

In many ways, CH and Wendy were well prepared to serve in a multi-generational and multi-lingual environment. They have served in a Malaysian church with a slightly older demographic, in a state-approved Chinese church in China, and then in the English service of an international church. However, this does not mean that serving comes naturally and fuss-free. In fact, as their commitments in church grew larger, they were intimidated by some of the new assignments.

Wendy shepherding a group of elderly Chinese CG

Wendy initially felt clueless and disempowered to serve the elderly, but this was the ministry she was specifically asked to lead. Similarly, CH appreciated serving behind-the-scenes in AV, but was likewise called to lead a group of young families in Chinese ministry who were on the verge of leaving.

“Their ability to carry out such tasks with joy and enthusiasm comes from a deeper mooring in the Holy Spirit and a consistent transaction with the Lord, as they seek to daily become more ready to meet King Jesus.”

Deeper mooring

Today, Wendy is a Covenant Group Leader (CGL) for an elderly Chinese CG. She finds great joy in shepherding and doing life with them. CH anchors a strong community of young families who feel rooted and meaningfully engaged in Covenant EFC. Their ability to carry out such tasks with joy and enthusiasm comes from a deeper mooring in the Holy Spirit and a consistent transaction with the Lord, as they seek to daily become ready to meet King Jesus.

CH and Wendy with Ps Patrick of Mandarin Ministry and their CG composed of young families

We have a strong tendency to take a very human lens toward serving. Often, when we hear of opportunities, we look at our schedules and experiences to decide if it is a good fit. Wendy and CH advocate for a radical reversal of perspectives. They believe that life should be built around the people and communities God has called us to serve. We should continually pray for God to give us the capacity and capabilities to fulfill those responsibilities. Such a perspective frees us from worry and fills us with the empowerment of the Spirit.

This Step-Up Sunday’s call to serve is thus not so much a call to explore your spare capacity, but a call toward a radical reorientation in which our time, talents, resources, and families are re-availed to King Jesus as our first and foremost priority. God will handle the rest. Come join us by exploring different opportunities to serve.

 

About the author

Timothy Lim worships at WDL Centre. He is a member of his CG core team and served in Alpha. He is passionate about social inequality issues and migrant worker well-being. He currently volunteers at Cyber Youth Singapore, a charity committed to empowering youth-in-tech.

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Wed, 28 September 2022

What Must Necessarily Come First (2)

Observation:

What does Paul say about the man of lawlessness?

Deeper Reflection
THE “MAN OF LAWLESSNESS” WILL APPEAR WITH “THE apostasy” before Christ’s Second Coming (v.3). This “man of lawlessness” is what John calls “the antichrist” (1 Jn 2:18). Paul’s description of the antichrist is parallel to that of the anti-god figure prophesied in Daniel 11:21-45: “who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship…proclaiming himself to be God” (v.4) parallels “he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods” (Dan 11:36); “he takes his seat in the temple of God” (v.4) parallels “[he] will desecrate the sanctuary fortress…set up the abomination of desolation” (Dan 11:31).This Daniel 11 prophecy had its initial fulfilment in Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 169 B.C. when he invaded Israel and “arrogantly entered the sanctuary” and “erected a desolating sacrilege [the abomination of desolation] on the altar of burnt offering”42. In predicting the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, Jesus highlighted “the abomination of desolation…standing in the holy place” to be another fulfilment of the Daniel 11 prophecy (Matt 24:1-2, 15-16). The appearance of the “man of lawlessness” will be the ultimate fulfilment of Daniel 11:21-45. He will come into the church and try to take control of the church by carrying out further deception in it that will lead many to fall away from the faith.43 He will assume so much influence and religious authority in the worldwide community of faith that he becomes like God – the epitome of blasphemy.44So, be spiritually prepared for the coming of the antichrist.
42 1 Maccabees 1:20-21, 54 (NRSV) in the Apocrypha 43 G. K. Beale, 210 44 G. K. Beale, 210
Application:

How do I relate the coming of the man of lawlessness to discipleship?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Nations: To be delivered from the deception of false gods
  • Pray for self

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