I have been a Christian for almost 38 years and all these years there are different phases of ups and down during my Christian walks. The reason that I am able to maintain my Christian faith all these years is the believe of upholding some principles based on 5 hearts 五个心。The five hearts are Faith(信心), Love(爱心), Patience(耐心), Perseverance (决心) and Loyalty(忠心).
First is the FAITH (信心) which I have shared in the 50 Anniversary magazines on simple faith. We need faith to deal with almost everything in life including how we walk, how we live and also how we face the future. Life without faith is like the frog living in the well never knowing and experiencing what is beyond the well and do not have hope and future in life. The only way to have a meaningful and enjoyable life is to put our faith in God. Rm 5:1-2 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
LOVE(爱心) is a big word that allow us to experience the wonderful relationship in the human race. Imagine a world without love and everyone living only for themselves and not willing to share their blessing with others. It will be a world fill with hatred, miseries, loneliness and vanity. Thank God for creating us out of LOVE and enabling us to share such love with everyone to enjoy his creation. As stated in 1Cor 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” So let us always give thanks for God’s blessing and be willing to share them with those who needs them.
We need PATIENCE(耐心) in whatever we do and without it we may not be able to cope with the stress that we face on a daily basis. “Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting” by Joyce Mayer. When you lose patience with someone or some issues, think of God who is always very patient with us. James 5:7 “Therefore be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord”
Why we sometime fail is because we lack PERSEVERANCE (决心). Of course it is easier said than done especially in serving God in whatever ministries. However, when we know the purpose of whatever we are doing is to glorify God, we will be able to achieve whatever we set to do. Never, never, never give up on God when serving.
The last heart that keeps me going is LOYALTY(忠心). I think we must always remain loyal to God regardless of what circumstances we may be in. In this crucial time, I really hope we can all remain loyal to our calling to support lease renewal program and to ensure that Changi Bethany Church can continue to be an effective church in reaching out to those who still yet to know HIM.
Hebrew 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
~Elder Chris Chua~