Covenant, Choice and Deeds

This week lay preacher Alvin Tan spoke on God’s covenant with us, and our choices and deeds in response to God’s covenant. 

We have a binary decision in God, either we choose God or the world. Alvin highlighted Joshua 24, where Joshua challenged the Hebrews in failing in their choices despite God’s covenant and faithfulness to them. Joshua’s rebuke is still applicable today - we still have idols in our lives today: our career, our holidays, our material possessions. We must move away from being lukewarm Christians, which John warned against in Revelation 3:16: So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Alvin reminded us that our faith is not static. Our God is a living God, and Christ is the greatest example of service and actions over words. Being a Christian requires action. God has called us into His service, expressing our faith through works of love. God has blessed each of us with gifts; those gifts are intended to be shared. We must be aware of hoarding our gifts into ourselves instead of serving others. We grow in Christ by serving others, and unutilised gifts can become stagnant.

Alvin challenged us to live out our faith in love, and become a community of deeds, not just words, using our gifts to work in God’s love (Galatians 5:6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.