How adaptive are we?
I would say Ashurst is extremely good in adapting to changes. We have learnt through this pandemic how to fit ourselves to the changes that have happened for the past a year and a half. We have proved our covenantal relationship with God, with fellow believers and with the church. A great thing to notice and appreciate is that we are all staying together in God’s love and unity. None of the effects of the pandemic in closing and opening the church have disrupted our faith. We can congratulate ourselves for our faithful and committed life to Christ.
This is a kind of persecution we are facing together. Let us be strong and stay closer to God at such a time like this. Rules may be posted on limited church attendance, not allowing us to open our mouth for singing. These cannot bring any hindrances for our gathering. We have learnt to sing quietly and soulfully. We have trained to build the bridge while we cross through the stream. In the time given, we have learnt to be effective in giving pastoral care to one another. This is an evidence for the Baptists to be called as the ‘priesthood of all believers’.
Our eyes are fixed on Jesus. We may be surrounded with storms, but that cannot distract our focus on Him. Let us pray that Ashurst stands as a firm foundation on truth. Let us continue doing our good deeds and spur one another with God’s love. Let us encourage one another to stand firm against the war that we are in now. Let us wear the armour of God and be the soldiers of Christ. Let us remember that we are living in an ‘enemy-occupied territory’, so be aware of the potential distractions or temptations that might potentially hinder our spiritual growth. Let us be faithful, available and teachable so that we can become a more effective disciple of Jesus Christ.