Dear Ministry Partner,
We are presently in the middle of a major move from our existing premises in Paya Lebar, to our new Ministry Hub at Verdun Road. Prior to this move, a taskforce had been assembled to look into renovations matters at Verdun Road as we redesigned the space to suit our needs. The process spanned months of planning and consultation before its realization.
Through that process, the beauty of how a well-executed renovation plan could refresh an old building for a new season and purpose left a deep impression on me. When renovation works wrapped up, the premise was given a new lease of life!
The process of transforming our new Ministry Hub is not unlike that of a “heart renovation”, which can give us spiritual refreshment and a renewed perspective. We could take a leaf from the wise man who said:
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
The condition of our hearts determines our worldview, decisions, and actions. Our hearts need to be checked regularly, to ensure they are operating healthily. Life in a fallen world has a way of taking an immense toll on our hearts, resulting in weariness of the soul. Initiating a heart renovation involves three key principles:
Prior to the re-location, I had to pack my things and prepare to move into a smaller room in the new office. This was easier said than done, as there were some items which I did not know what to do with. I had simply accumulated too much “junk” over the years.
Likewise, our hearts may have been cluttered with junk that needs to be removed. Clutter can ‘choke up’ our hearts and distract our worship and view of God. Such clutter could take the form of sin, but could even be seemingly good things that have become a distraction.
We salvaged what we could in the existing premises for use in the new, but we also had to replace many items that were no longer in good working condition. When we remove junk and clutter from our hearts, we need to replace them with the right, godly attitudes.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
The move to Verdun Road aligns us with Vision 2020, which was given to our leadership as we sought the Lord. With this move, we will integrate all of our core ministries under one roof for greater collaboration and synergy as we work towards the common goal of reaching the lost. The interior design of the new premise is aligned with Cru Singapore’s strategic plans and priorities so that the space will be effective for ministry.
In the same way, our hearts which can be so easily distracted must be realigned to the purposes of God. This realignment takes place when we acknowledge that we have veered off God’s course for us and reaffirm our desire to return to His path. How do we know when we are misaligned? By constantly “checking” against the Word of God.
Renovation brings with it beauty, but it did not come without hard work and getting our hands dirty. Nevertheless, when all the hard work is done, the fruit of our labor is a transformed, and new office. Heart renovation is likewise, not a bed of roses. It can also be messy and inconvenient, but it results in a transformed heart that is able to taste and see the goodness of the Lord!
As we enter into the second half of 2014, I pray that you will take some time to have a “heart checkup”.
Lam Kok Hiang