Call to Serve and Serve SelflesslyOne great limitation to the churches’ effectiveness today is the level of participation in service amongst congregants. It can be higher.
God’s call to serve his kingdom is a clear one for the Lord Jesus himself came as a servant King in human form to serve people selflessly. As Christians, we are called to be more like him each day. Serving others with love is a crucial part of this maturing process.
Service in church must come from the heart, not out of guilt or obligation. Service from the heart comes from a deepening relationship with God. In this regard, we must cultivate an ever closer walk with God and then develop a desire to worship God by serving him.
After taking these first steps, we may be reluctant to sacrifice our personal lives. Serving meaningfully in any particular role involves considerable costs—giving up of personal pursuits and embracing a tougher balancing of life’s demands. Not unnaturally, many hesitate to serve.
One remark which Ps Shin Hoe made to me before the day of our ordination in 2012 was that we have this time of our lives when we possess a good balance of energy and maturity to give to God. Hence, we should not hesitate to give ourselves to God’s work, even if it costs us personally in time, energy and self. After all, it is good stewardship to give first priority to God. St Augustine’s idea of “disordered love” says that men’s transgression comes from giving the wrong amount of love to each pro-per thing. Loving God and working in your career are both important but we must not love our career more than we love God.
My brothers and sisters, do not procrastinate to begin serving or to increase your genuine service to God. One saying that resonates with me is that at life’s end, people generally do not regret the things they have done but rather, the things they have failed to do. Even people who have tried and failed take away precious lessons. The Lord calls us to store up treasures in heaven. Serving God selflessly is what Jesus desires for each of us, for then we are storing up treasures in heaven.
Eld Boon Peng
Day Camp for Children 2014
NoticeClosure of church car park
To facilitate the photo-taking of the entire church, no parking will be allowed on Sunday morning on 26 Oct 2014. The gates will be open for drop-offs before the combined service at 9:00am. The photo-taking will take place right after service.
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