I’ve often wondered how our forefathers walked with their God. My curiosity began when Nikki and I worked on editing a video of our church’s history. Old pictures was sent to us and old names were given by their respective families. While I knew none of them personally, I was able to feel a certain connection. I sensed a mysterious energy beaming from their faces. I even imagined hearing a very faint whisper coming from their mouth calling: “Live your life. Live your life with Christ”.
It made me reflect on the kind of life they possibly lived during early years of our church. It was probably the most challenging times. Their world was at war and according to history, the Japs were our worst occupators. Lives are being lost ever minute and survival was the way of life. And yet in the midst of it all, a church was born (that’s what I call real birth pains). And while their world was shaped by suffering and trials, their lives bore us the life we now see in our 75 year old church.
After three generations, people of our day will always remember them as extraordinary men and women. Their deeds have been exemplified as exeptional. Their lives have been put into a pedestal and their accomplishments have been regarded as an ideal. Unrepeatable. Unmatched. Unattainable. Although we are ougth to revere them as heroes of faith, is it really necessary to warrant them such expectation?
This question led me to seek parallel circumtances in the life of the ancient church. It led me to the story in Hebrews 11 wherein the great men of Jewish history was exemplified. Just like us now, the ancient Jewish Christian felt overwhelwed by the workings of Yahweh in their lives. However, as summarized in Hebrews 12, their response was quite different from us:
“Do you see what this means-all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running-and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
They went with it and starting running! They saw what their “veterans” had accomplished and continued where they left off. They took on the challenge and gave it all they got. And the most important of all, they kept their eyes on Jesus, no one else but him and that made all the difference. They live their lives with Christ.
This, I believe, is calling the our generation today. To answer the call of the ancients and our forefathers – To live your life. To Live our life with Christ. It made all the difference in the world and it will make a difference in our world. This is how one walks with God in midst of world.