What do you see? – Andrew Poon – 2011-01-09

What do you see? – Andrew Poon – 2011-01-09

A perspective on our building project that fuels me to want to serve and glorify our God even more passionately

Happy New Year brothers and sisters!!

It is hard to believe and yet here we are… 2011 is upon us.  For some of us,  it means a new haircut, a new shirt, or a new year’s resolution. hoping for a new Everything seems new in hopes for a fresh start. This reminds me of   shopping trips with my family. We are usually attracted to the boxes with the bright  “New and Improved” label. As we pick up the box and examine the product (whether it be toothpaste or cereal), we hope that what’s printed on the box will reflect the inside product.

Likewise with our new building project that we have been praying for. Comparing to the current facilities on the World Trade Drive, I marveled at the architecture and innovative design plan for the new building.  It will have 3 worship halls, plenty of class rooms for Fridays and Sundays needs.  It will also have playground for children and a multi-purpose gym.  Can you imagine that??!!  Praise God for His providence.

But as I take a step back and look at the new building plan and all the wonderful architecture, is that all??  Just like a new year can bring forth a new hair cut or a new shirt, is this new building just another new place of worship??  Going back to my earlier question, does the “New and Improved” label truly reflect the product on the inside?  Many years back, I was sitting in an elementary Sunday School class and our Sunday School teacher clasped her two hands together with  her two index fingers pointed up to fashion a church steeple  while the rest of her fingers folded in, between her palms.  She would then ask “What do you see?”  The children would all scream out “A church!!”  Then she opened her hands with her palms up and revealed all her other fingers standing straight up. She would then ask “What do you see?”. The children would respond and scream “God’s People!”

Similarly, people often asked me what do I see or what’s my view/perspective of the new building.  I would often wonder, do I see the outside elegance and magnificence of the building with all its grandeur? Or, do I marvel at what’s on the inside?  “God’s People.”

So, what do you see?

I see a body of Christ passionately desires to serve God and one another. I see God’s people who cares for one another and spurs one another toward love and good deeds (Heb 10:24).  I see people from different congregations coming  together on Fridays and Sundays,  genuinely devoting themselves to worship, studying God’s Word, fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42).  Ultimately, I see many lives being transformed from the inside out and a new person/creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  This is the community of loving brothers and sisters in the Lord.  What a delightful picture!!

Is that all?

I don’t believe God is calling us to just to build a bigger church building.  Rather, I believe God is calling us to enlarge our hearts and capacities to those who are lost and and those who are in needs.

This building project provides me with a perspective where we together can have:

–       A greater capacity to serve our communities, our goal is be the light not just to the Chinese but to all ethnicities – to proclaim the gospel faithfully

–       A deeper compassion to give generously to the poor and those who are in needs and hurting. We will spur each other to pool our resources to impact our communities and our world with kindness.  => To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18,19).

This is not about us individually. It is not just about CBC.  This is about God’s people rising up with a great spiritual revival for His glory.  I see our future generations (youth and children) being challenged not to strive for their own glory but for the glory of God.

Will there be issues or challenges?

Of course we will face barriers and milestones, but we must be faithful and obey His calling.  This is the time when we are called to band together and pray hard.  Those challenges are present, not to break us, but to build us up and equip us for the upcoming tasks.  Together, we can make a difference.  Together, we can be the light and the salt to our families, friends, communities and the ends of the earth.  Together, we can enable our children and youth to be the future generations for God’s kingdom.

I am excited and look forward to see what God will do in us and through us.  This is what I see.  This is what fuels me to want to serve and glorify our God even more passionately.