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Rebuilding Our Spiritual Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Conrade Yap   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:09

Title: Rebuilding Our Spiritual Life

Written by: Conrade Yap

Date: 25 February 2011

 

The king said to me, “What is it you want?

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:4-5)

 

 

Those of us hockey fans in Canada, and especially Vancouver will be enjoying the current surge of the home team. The Vancouver Canucks as of today (25 Feb 2011) is the best team in the National Hockey League. They sit prettily on top of the world's most intense hockey league that comprises 30 highly competitive teams, laden with world-class players from all over the ice-hockey world. It is no coincidence that Vancouver's achievement comes about with great contribution from all four lines, and from every team player. Despite the recent injuries to the defense line, the team continues to stay at the top of the table. No easy feat. Is this an overnight occurrence?  Definitely not.

 

Just last week, another Canadian team, the highly inconsistent Toronto Maple Leafs engages in a few trades, and labels their strategy as a ‘rebuilding’ phase. They are gearing themselves up for the future, by investing in young promising players. Looking at our team in Vancouver this year, it is important to recognize that the Canucks will not be where they are this year, without similar rebuilding programs in previous years. Behind every success lies a significant phase of rebuilding.


What about our spiritual lives? If it takes a couple of years to rebuild and fine-tune a hockey team, how much more our spiritual lives? Something as important as spiritual disciplining rarely occurs overnight. Behind every summit achievement lies multiple stories of perseverance and rebuilding efforts. Ask the skilled mountain climber, and he will tell you the months, even years of training needed even before making the first climb.

 

Rebuilding Our Faith

For those of us who feels that our faith is stuck in the rut, consider rebuilding. Consider putting away your laments and complaints. Instead, put on a garment of praise, a confidence in God's providence and a strategy of rebuilding our faith. Jesus has already called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. He calls us to make the best use of today, for we do not know when he will come again. In Christ, we are already empowered to build and rebuild on the foundation of Christ. The Apostle Paul writes:

 

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:19-20)

 

Jesus has already empowered us to build. Let us build. For some, let us rebuild. For the time will come, where we need to climb to the top of the mountain. With God’s help, we can rebuild and reform any brokenness in our lives. Whether it is rebuilding the church, our relationships, or our inner lives, God wants us to share in God’s glory that is to come. Let us arise and rebuild. Remember the warning of the famous writer, A W Tozer:

 

"Our problem is that we go from toy to toy rather than from glory to glory."

 

If we do not seriously think about rebuilding, we will most likely move aimlessly from one toy to another. If we respond to God’s call to rebuild, we can magnify God from glory to glory. Let us rebuild from where we are. Let us rebuild and ask God use the blessings and tools we already have. If we are faithful with the little we have, God will be faithful to provide more in time to come. May our personal prayer be: “Rebuild your Church Lord, starting with me.”


The Lord be with you all.

 

conrade

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:16