Repurposed for a Purpose by Gerard Su

Repurposed for a Purpose by Gerard Su

ScreenHunter_07 Sep. 29 14.31“Karung-Guni! Poh-Zua! Gu-Sar-Kor! Lay-Dio! Dian-See-Ki!” (In translation: Rag & Bone man! Old newspapers! Old clothing! Radios! TVs!)

The rag & bone man, otherwise known as the local neighbourhood “karung guni” was selected to be one of the 50 icons of Singapore.

The distinctive honk of his air-horn and the classical call in a sing-song manner that reaches throughout the neighbourhood would alert residents of his arrival, rousing them to ‘trade-in’ their old newspapers for 10 cents per kg or dispose of old clothes and electronics. The old newspapers he would sell to the recycling plant; old clothes he would donate to charity for distribution overseas; damaged electronics he would either repair or break it down for spare parts and scrap metal. Whatever the item was, the “karung guni” was able to repurpose it for a new purpose.

In a similar way, we Christians have been called to be somewhat like the “karung guni”. We have been called to honk our air-horn by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, alerting the people we come into contact with that Jesus is the rightful king of this world. Of course, not everyone will be roused by this call; but those who do respond will usually come with ‘old clothes’ or ‘damaged electronics’, either in the form of old habits or sinful lifestyles However, our role is not to give these people new purpose. No, our role is to point these people who come to us with broken hearts and broken lives to the one who can repurpose their lives for His purpose. Our role is to point these people to Jesus.

So how then can we ‘honk our horn’? How then can we find opportunities to share the gospel to those who are very much in need of coming to know Jesus? More often than not, those opportunities don’t just pop out from nowhere. You will rarely meet someone who will simply walk into our church without an invitation, tell you that he has never heard about this person called Jesus before and express that he would like to find out more about the Christian faith (not that this can’t happen). What we can do is to take advantage of existing opportunities (such as outreach events organized by the church), to make use of any situation presented to us to be ‘all things to all people’. The Apostle Paul shows us how this is possible in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23…

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Friends, if you truly are convinced that there is an urgent need for us to ‘honk our horn’ by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and to ‘give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have’ (1 Peter 3:15), then I urge you to seriously consider signing up as a facilitator for either our Children’s Day ‘Balloon Bonanza’ or our Sunday School’s ‘Kid’s Fun Camp’. Would you join me to be a ‘karung guni’, and point others to Christ? I would like to end off with the lyrics of the song ‘So You Would Come’ (you can scan the QR Code to link to YouTube), and I pray that the lyrics will serve to remind us that we are all in need of being repurposed by God the Father for His purpose.

So You Would Come

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Before the world began, you were on His mind

And every tear you cry is precious in His eyes

Because of His great love, He gave His only Son

Everything was done so you would come


Nothing you can do could make Him love you more

And nothing that you’ve done could make Him close the door

Because of His great love, He gave His only Son

Everything was done so you would come


Come to the Father though you gift is small

Broken hearts, broken lives, He will take them all

The power of the Word, the power of His blood

Everything was done so you would come

September 27, 2015 / Praiselines / Tags:

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