Monday, 4 January 2010

My Baptism

YAY I got baptised yesterday!

My Testimony

Being in a Christian family, I went to Church every week, but at a young age, going to church and Sunday school was merely a weekly routine. Church at times was like a playground, a weekly meet up with friends; and other times just boring and too much like school… I even remember protesting with Cherry about going to church one week! Learning about the Bible was abstract and confusing. I knew who Jesus was but not what he meant to me.

Although I was brought up in a Christian family, I was at times a naughty child, mostly a naughty brother. In 2000, I attended VBS Summer School where I learnt that Jesus died for my sins so that I can be reconciled with God. The notion of God’s unconditional love for me and the promise of new life was something I wanted instead of the life I was living. When asked if I wanted to accept Christ, I felt a pounding in my heart, and a compulsion I had not felt before. It felt natural and right to put my hand up and I felt nothing but peace afterwards.

It was in 2004, when the EM started that my spiritual walk began to mature. There was so much I didn’t understand, but I had a passion to read the Bible. It was exciting and every day I would just read for a set amount of time. I did not understand a lot of what I was reading, but I was happy and joyful just reading it. At times, God did reveal passages to me and these I have treasured in my heart.

The biggest obstacle happened in June 2007, when my dad passed away; my spiritual walk just exploded. It was difficult to comprehend what happened and why. I prayed to God but I didn’t receive any answers. God became a big question mark. Reading the bible was immensely difficult. Life became chaotic and confusing but God was always there. I could see his love and compassion through church friends and family, but it wasn’t enough.

In October 2007, my mum and I went to Israel with LCAC, which was a refreshing experience. To revisit parts of the Bible in Israel, where they were set provided a new angle. Hillsong’s “Still” was in my head when we were on the Sea of Galilee, and the lyrics really related to my struggle with God. I could no longer ignore God’s continual work in my life and feeling his peace changed my perspective of God.

Early 2008, Andy and I began to do the ETS course and meeting up on the weekly basis. Through the learning and the fellowship, my spiritual walk has strengthened. For a week in Summer 2009, I participated in leading the Summer School at ELCHK Grace Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. The experience brought me out of my comfort zone and there were a number of difficulties, but God’s grace is sufficient. Leading these kids who were about the same age I was when I accepted Christ was so rewarding, and brought me back to why I accepted Christ. His love has no limits! As a response to God’s grace, here I am! There are sure to be obstacles but “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13.

Thanks again to everyone who turned up to my baptism to witness! Thanks for the encouragement, cards and gifts! :)

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