United in Christ (26 Jul 2020)

In a soccer match, how do we know which team will win? If its shirt is red and its name is Liverpool! That’s probably what the fans think! On a serious note, most of us think that the team that works together better and is united, stands a better chance to win. A fantastic individual can help win a game, but for the long haul or many seasons to come, it will be teamwork that will count.

Since the Circuit Breaker started in Singapore, we have been hearing the message SG United constantly. Though this has been said for many years, yet the unity message is still being reminded and may be even more important today. Our government understands the importance of rallying its citizens behind them as it implements the various policies.

How lovely when the psalmist says in Psalms 133:1 “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” (NRSV) In those days, they might be in the midst of war and had to fight against the enemy. Those who were few in numbers would not be able to survive the onslaught of the enemy who outnumbered them. But if they were united and acted as a whole, just like Gideon and his 300 soldiers, though they were fewer, the Lord can enable them to prevail against their enemies.

Our Lord Jesus wants us to be united, to stand as one body of Christ. In his prayer to God, the Father, Jesus prayed in John 17:11 “And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” Imagine there was a huge object weighing a few tonnes and the church has to carry it. Now if it were only a few of us, it is just not possible to lift this object. But if everyone of us put our hands beneath it and carries it at the same time, you will be surprised how it can be lifted with human hands!

We all know that unity is strength. But sometimes in our busyness, we tend to lose our focus and stop looking to Christ. Let us refocus again and as we move out of CB into phase 2, let us collectively find our ‘new normal’ as a church, as one body of Christ.

 

Pastor Frankie Koh