Living the Faith
by Edmond Ng
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But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, (Philippians 3:7-8 NAS)I served in the school library as a librarian for several years while still in high school. During that time, much of the library's administration and cataloguing were done using the typewriter, so I was sent to acquire typewriting skills at the YMCA.
While at the YMCA, I came across a brochure about a free Christian correspondence course, so I enrolled and got to know about Christianity. As my interest grew, I continued with other Christian correspondence courses from other organizations. Before long, faith found its way into my heart to desire to receive Christ. Salvation did not immediately take place, however, because I had no idea how it would be like to say the sinnerís prayer, having no direct contact with any Christian thus far.
One day, while at the public library near my high school, a stranger who is a student from another school approached me and invited me to attend a church-organized student club meeting near the libraryís vicinity. An evangelistic meeting was being held during my first visit to the club, and having learned about Jesus through the correspondence courses, I was ready and received Jesus as my Lord immediately.
Becoming a Christian was however not all smooth sailing. Coming from a Buddhist (or Taoist) family, I was persecuted and considered an outcast who failed to know my roots. In school, I was ridiculed and branded a 'holy cow', and was segregated from a circle of friends. It was not until after several years that people began to accept me for who I am. Even till this day there are times I face rejections from members of my family and relatives, especially during occasions such as a non-Christian funeral.
All these sufferings however are insignificant in comparison to the sufferings the Lord went through for me. Whatever things were gain to me in the past, therefore, I willingly count them all lost for the sake of Christ because of the surpassing value of knowing Him as my Lord and Savior (Philippians 3:7-8). What a joy it is to trust in Jesus! When things seem humanly hopeless and even at times when I stray, God never once turned me away. He is always present and near to fill my heart with a calm that empowers me to continue on with confidence.
Now, after more than 30 years in the faith, I have been privileged to serve the Lord in many areas, including church youth ministry and cell group leadership, worship leading, gospel events counseling and new converts nurturing. I have also been privileged to study in two different theological seminaries part-time and write Christian articles for church newsletters and Christian magazines.
Today, I am serving the Lord and ministering to His people through devotional writing at various online Christian communities. My heartís desire is to share with everyone the inner peace I have in Jesus.
Like me, many of us who have received Jesus as Lord have our own stories to tell. It is therefore a good practice for us to always be ready to share what the Lord has done in our lives. When sharing, however, let us always do so with gentleness and respect that whoever hears our testimonies and see our behavior may come to know Christ (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Thank you dear Lord for always being near and present for us. Without You Lord, we would not be who we are today. Only in You Lord can we remain calm even in the midst of storm, and only in You Lord can we trust to continue life with full confidence. Even in suffering for the faith, Lord, we shall not despair because of the surpassing value of knowing You. Blessed be Your name Lord, now and forever! Amen.
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