We all are very blessed to be chosen as God’s people, to be a body of Christ in which He is king of our lives. In my 18 years of discovering who Jesus is and my purpose as a Christian on earth, the journey has been full of ups and downs. I have been shaped by God’s grace, which is evident in everything I face and do. As I look back, five reflection points stand out from my experience.
1. I am nothing without God
As I grew older, I began to read the bible more often and God’s word helped me mature spiritually. I have come to realise the importance of depending on God in everything we do in this sinful world. Just like how the branches are unable to bear fruit independently without the vine, we are vulnerable to the schemes of the devil that threaten our spiritual faith. Furthermore, it would be impossible to abide in God’s word and will without his strength, for Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
2. God’s assurance and comfort
With reliance comes prayer. My daily communion with God assures me that God is in control of everything and there is always a reason for whatever happens in my life. It calms the storm in me and gives me the assurance of his presence in my desperate moments. It also provides me with the wisdom to cope with unexpected challenges. Never be disheartened in your darkest valleys or your deepest fears, for by his grace, our sovereign God will hear all our prayers and lead us out of turmoil.
3. The perfect love from our perfect God
No matter the magnitude of our pitfalls or the intensity of our difficulties, nothing compares to our father’s unconditional love for us Christians.
Although we are sinners, we are still important in his eyes, for “he chose us before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
His love is further shown through his undeserved death on the cross in our place. In addition, the Holy Spirit guarantees our inheritance in the kingdom of God (Ephesians 1:14). Life is always unpredictable, but we should rejoice in the lord always (Philippians 4:4).
4. Our right response
2020 is indeed a year full of uncertainty and challenges. However, I encourage everyone to reflect on the goodness of God and his grace throughout the circuit breaker, as well as the years that have passed. Instead of fearing the deadly coronavirus, fear the Lord, for “he can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). In response, we should love the Lord our God wholeheartedly and with all our soul and mind (Matthew 22:37).
5. Jesus leading the way
My time serving the Lord in the Youth Ministry was never easy. I remember the day when God presented me with the opportunity to glorify him through my service in the Youth Ministry. At that time, I had doubts about my capabilities and my commitment. Was I good enough? Did I have the time? Such questions inevitably hindered me from doing the will of the Lord. As bondservants of Christ, it is our duty to render service with goodwill to the Lord and not by paying eye or lip service. Since Jesus lived out the perfect example for us to follow by washing his disciples’ feet, why shouldn’t we obey?
To all Youths: we have much to learn and experience in the years to come. I am certain that in spite of all the blessings that God has showered upon you, there are occasions where you feel helpless. Here is a quote from Desmond Tutu: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” God’s word is that light to our path (Psalms 119:105). Be equipped with the knowledge of God and shine your light to the world for others to follow.
Never forget to make every effort to pursue God-like qualities in everything you do and diligently confirm your salvation, for Christ is surely coming (2 Peter 1:5, 16). Let us constantly remind one another of this, just like how Simon Peter’s letter was written to remind the righteous. Have a blessed Youth Day.