“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
It is encouraging that our Prime Minister has called for a National Conversation to chart the future of our tiny nation, Singapore. Indeed, we stand at a very critical time of history. The winds of change are blowing and our choices will determine whether Singapore becomes a cancerous red dot that is doomed for destruction or a bright shining red dot which is a beacon of light in a dark world of greed, lust and pride.
But what is critically needed in Singapore is not a National Conversation but a nation that is in conversation with our Creator. Towards this end, Christians have the awesome responsibility to become citizens of prayer. For our calling is to be faithful witnesses of the truth that we are the children of God. Not only are we fearfully and wonderfully made but we are God’s masterpieces, new creations in Jesus Christ, created for good works. We are called to be ambassadors of God's Kingdom. We are the imperfect instruments of God's perfect will through the power of the Holy Spirit so that peace will come on earth.
We need a spiritual revival so that we will not seek to become G.O.A.T. – the Greatest Of All Time, but we will become people who are S.H.E.E.P. – Seeing Heaven Everyday in Every Person. When we die, what will count is the love we have sown in the hearts of others rather than the achievements we have attained. Recently I attended the funeral wake of a 96 year old lady and was touched by the testimonies of her grandchildren and great grandchildren of the love she had given them. It was a love that flowed from her faith in Jesus Christ. She left them with a wonderful testimony of God’s providential care for her and the family.
Og Mandino, who has been described as a most widely read and inspirational and self help author in the world, made the following observation in one of his books:
“If all our lives are truly plans of God, someone had better call a meeting soon to remind us, once more, what great miracles we really are.”
Indeed, the most wonderful secret is that there is a miracle in all of us – Christ in us, our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). The problem is that we tend to focus on our pain, suffering, failures and defeats rather than the opportunities to grow in our knowledge of God and His perfect plans for our lives in such times.
We are all looking for answers outside of ourselves instead of cultivating the spiritual disciplines to help us increase our awareness of the presence of the Living Christ in our hearts. It is through the disciplines of devotional reading of the bible, prayer and meditation that we can learn to die to self so that we can be filled with the love of God. We need to cultivate these good habits to overcome the bad habits of consumerism, materialism and elitism.
The greatest miracle is not what we can achieve in our lives but what God is doing in our lives each day. The writer in the Upper Room devotional on 2nd September 2012 reminds us that “living for God’s purposes makes us holy, and we are all special in our own ways. God created each of us different, for a unique purpose.”
So let us encourage one another to be S.H.E.E.P. – Seeing Heaven Everyday in Every Person.