Rekindle Our Passion

Many church members have great plans and focused determination to reach great heights for their own personal accomplishments and that’s good and understandable. But I wonder how much of their energy is channeled with the same intensity and passion, if not more, to local church ministries for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

When we first experienced God’s love, we loved spending hours thinking about Him, studying His Word, dwelling in His presence and sharing how much He is transforming our lives. Then our demanding and hectic schedules slowly dampen our passion and shift our priorities. Our desire to do the Lord’s will and our daily spiritual discipline of coming into His presence gradually fade away. Studying His Word and imitating His life are now rare and irregular.

The Bible talks about the church at Ephesus who wrestled to keep their spiritual passion. Jesus saw they had abandoned their first love (Revelation 2:4). Their faith experience was akin to a marriage that is technically intact but without much love and desire. Perhaps the busyness and distractions of their lives had diluted the affection once wholly reserved for the Lord.

Jesus wanted to help the Ephesus Christians restore their love and zeal for Him. He badly wanted to rekindle their passion and love for Him, and to restore His kingdom values in their lives. Are we like the church at Ephesus?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church began operations in Singapore in 1904. Despite being in the country for more than 100 years, our membership growth has plateaued over the past two decades. There may be many possible reasons for it but I believe it is largely because we have allowed something to steal our passion away from the Lord. Consequently, we are weakened, maintaining a form without much spiritual substance. Our lives, marriages, families, institutions and even churches may appear intact but inwardly, we may be spiritually rotting away.

But there is hope. God wants to bring healing and revival to His beloved church right now. The lost passion and love can be reawakened and restored as we remember God’s amazing love demonstrated at Calvary. In Revelation 2:5, we are called to repentance of our sinful self and unchristian attitudes, and renew our love for our Lord and Saviour. I pray each of us will sense the call of God to rededicate their life to Him and to always seek first His kingdom and righteousness.

The signs of the times tell us we are living in the final chapter of earth’s history. Some 1400 members gather in one of our nine churches every Sabbath. Every Adventist in Singapore has the potential to be a living witness to what God is continually doing in our lives. We are called to fulfill the Great Commission. As important as the media outlets established by the church are for doing that, they can never replace a living witness whose life is filled with spiritual passion. God longs to reveal His love and truth through His faithful witnesses. Just imagine, 1400 witnesses standing tall for the Lord on all levels of society and walks of life.

Let’s pray unceasingly for each other for God to revitalise our passion for Him.

Johnny Kan

President

Singapore Adventist Conference

 

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