7/18/2021 Adapting for the Right Reasons ~Rev. Benjamin Chung

As human beings, we are susceptible to wanting things to stay the same. But with the SIP, that changed things in a hurry because if we did not change and accept new technology, we would not be able to meet for worship service and fellowship. I do recall a time when I was hesitant even to having prayer meetings online because we were not gathering physically to pray together. But when praying online was the only option, we utilized it! This was also something that many were already used to doing at work, with colleagues oftentimes in different time zones and even different countries. I know quite a few of us have such situations.

On the flip side, there is also the human propensity to be lazy. I heard a pastor who spoke to his church about how there are some where they might be hesitant to return to church because of Covid-19, and that is understandable. But for a large contingent, they were just being lazy. So after being called out on it, attendance exploded at church the next week as many returned to worship in person! This is a reminder that change is not always bad, if it is for the right reasons. We do need to adapt, and we also need to see if our actions are for the better, or not. After all, worshiping together is what we are called to do and if we cannot meet in person out of laziness, that is not a proper reason.

As for our church, let us also be willing to be flexible for those who are in our church, and also who are new or seekers. The church might need a facelift. Or some will need to step up and be ushers and volunteers. These are all marks of a mature Christian, who is seeking to emulate and imitate Christ. This is a mindset we must face if we want to bring easy access to the gospel of Christ to others. Paul addresses this topic in 1 Corinthians 9:21-23 (ESV), “To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all

people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” Let us be vigilant in our efforts to praise the LORD and worship Him with our entire being through life. Let us also strive to win others so “that by all means I might save some.” Let’s do it!

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