by Anna Koh

2018 is a year we experienced the love of God for the church in unprecedented ways. As we prayed for the rule of law to be upheld in our nation, the Lord convicted us of living the double-standard when we occupied the new building without the CCC. We repented and decided to move out of the building until it was legal for occupancy. When we obeyed, God in His mercy and grace provided us the use of the Qliq Hotel through His children, without cost. Pondering over this, I am reminded of the text in Hebrews 2:4-6, 9-11:

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Through God’s divine providence, we obtained the CCC for the building within 3 months of our moving out. The approval process progressed faster and smoother than we ever anticipated, it must have been the Lord’s hand at work. Praise the Lord that now we can legally use the building!

Thank God that He treats us as sons, and He disciplines us for our good. The purpose of the discipline is so that we share in His holiness, and produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. What does this mean to us? I believe the experience has brought all of us to a place of constantly reflecting on our lives and considering our ways, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the condition of our hearts, and to repent from our sinful ways.

Through His word and through our experience, we have learnt that when His children repent, there is always reconciliation and restoration of relationship to the Father. The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 reflects our Father’s heart towards us. When the son comes to his senses as he reflects upon his life and he returns and repents before the Father; the Father forgives, reconciles and restores him as a son.

As the year comes to an end and another new year awaits us, let us be alert and of sober mind. Let us be mindful of the holiness standard of our Lord, and be quick to repent when the Holy Spirit convicts us. 1 Peter 5: 15 & 16 says: But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” We are the light and salt to the world; therefore, we must shine and be salty.

Reflect, repent, be reconciled and be restored!