FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART

Christian Distinctives

Matthew 6:13-15

I think you will agree with me that the Lunar New Year celebration is one key festival that defines the tradition of the Chinese race. In the same vein the Christian community mark themselves through the public celebration of Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, although today these festivities are driven more by the compelling commercialisation of the secular world we live in. Often times these festivities that we celebrate tend to focus more on the gift than on the Giver- God. Yet Christianity is not being driven just by these major events but also by the disciples’ way of life, on a day-to-day basis. When our Lord Jesus Christ made this statement, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 6:13) and “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 6:14), He meant for all disciples to live a life that is worthy of His name, twenty-four hours a day, all year round. Nothing more and nothing less. In other words, our biblical values or principles ought to define us in the world that we live in.

 

Some of you may have watched the touching United Overseas Bank (UOB) advertisements on TV:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tA8wtLaui4 (Our values define us)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w800tnn95qk (Our principles define us)

 

UOB would like the audience to believe that it is an organisation that is rooted in the endearing values of integrity, honesty and responsibility. Likewise disciples of Jesus Christ are defined by Christian values majoring on the crucial virtue of unconditional love, not only towards fellow believers but also to the lost out there (John 3:16). Are you defined by this principle value? How are you being the salt of the earth and light of the world, in your home, neighbourhood, church and marketplace? How are you showing God’s love so that people may be drawn to Him? Now, looking through the eyes of God, what is He saying to you? What is your response? The peace of God be with us all.

 

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