"THE LOVE, THE LIFE, AND THE LASTING JOY."
WRITTEN IN ENGLISH
1223 words


I was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Having three older brothers should have given me special privileges at home but that wasn't to be. I had always longed to go elsewhere when I grew up. So when I was sixteen years old, in 1996, I left my hometown and came to Singapore to work.

While in Kuching, I had already found a job in Singapore. So I worked in that company for two years before switching to the Singapore Airline Engineering Company in 1998. That was where things really started to happen to me - all for good, of course.

I was nineteen years old, and trying out everything that I could. From skating to clubbing, to being a punk rock star wanna-be with both ears pierced and long hair as well. I wanted to look cool and be wild and rugged. I longed for my peers to look up to me. It felt great to have my friends admire me. I felt important. And a girlfriend by my side really made me feel loved….. or so I thought.

I must admit that in spite of all this excitement, there was still a question going through my head - "what is my life all about?" Thoughts of death and religion also swirled around in my mind.

One day, I went on a window-shopping trip with one of my best friends, my schoolmate. Seeing how I had so many difficult questions, he kindly lent me his New Testament Bible with the assurance that I would find my answer in there. He himself was not a Christian, and he even warned me not to be too serious about "religion" - yet, he felt that my answers could be found in the Holy Bible.

Well, I read it through but did not as yet find anything significant. Not long after this, I overheard several of my colleagues conversing about a particular religion. I was straightaway interested because I was already looking into this “religion” and hoping that I would find my questions answered there.

One of my colleagues, a Christian, then lent me a booklet. It was one in a series by the Christian Crusaders publications. It was titled "The Gift." The story ended by relating how God became Man, and hung on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. My soul was touched and impressed by that beautiful verse. I read it over and over again - "For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3.16

And that wasn't all…

There in the quiet of my room, I learnt what would happen to me if I confessed my sins to a Holy God - I would receive eternal life. But I also discovered what would happen to me if I did not confess my sins - I would be eternally lost in hell, separated from a loving God.

I was alone in my rented room at that time, in July 2000. I knew I must confess that I was a sinner before God and trust in God's only begotten Son as my personal Saviour. Then another verse was impressed on me and I read, "if thou shalt confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" Romans 10.9

And if I did not accept, then I would be judged by God at the Great White Throne Judgement. Well, there was more, which I personally found very significant. The Bible says that I had fallen short of the God's glory and the penalty for this is death! (Romans 3.23, 6.23). And that same verse in Romans 6.23 spoke to my heart that while the consequence of sin is death and eternal separation from God, the gift of God is eternal life!

I wasted no time in bowing down before God that night and accepting the gift of eternal life through the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

That was only the beginning of my new life. Looking back now, I can really say that God, has truly guided and helped me through and through. I was looking out for where I could meet with fellow Christians. I was also eager to tell others of my plight in the world and a new flight in the Lord Jesus Christ. Well, I came back to the same person who had lent me the book and he brought me to his local gathering of Christians. There, among believers who loved the Lord, I grew as a Christian and learnt about my new spiritual life and about my Lord Jesus Christ. I discovered from the Bible that true Christians did not need a "priest" or a "pastor" to mediate between them and God. I learnt, to my joy, that I could simply and personally approach God in confidence, to worship Him and to pray.

And so I remained with these folks and met many Christian who not only helped me but have been my source of encouragement in the Lord ever since. I grew to love the Lord and began to seek the things that are more excellent in His eyes. Soon after, in January 2001, I was baptized by immersion into water.

One thing that I'd like to share to you is that, when I became a Christian, I made it a point that I wouldn't be one who only attended Sunday meetings, but that I would also read my Bible daily, be committed to the Lord and the local church, and help others to come to know Christ my Lord. Well, I experienced the blessings of God in making this commitment.

The reason I'm doing this is because I had, in the past, a false impression about Christianity. And having come to know the truth, I am determined to glorify my Lord and to live out my Christian life trusting Him only.

There is a God who cares and loves us. He is righteous and holy. He hates sins. The only way to be accepted in His sight is through the gift of His only begotten Son by personal faith in Him as Lord and Saviour. And having said that, it is good too, after being saved, to know the pattern and principles of how the Christian meet with one another in the New Testament ways. They that gladly received his word were baptized… and they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine and the fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers. Acts 2.41, 42.

O Christ! in Thee my soul hath found,
And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy I sought so long,
The bliss till now unknown.

           Now none but Christ can satisfy, None other Name for me;
           There's love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.

I sighed for rest and happiness,
I yearned for them, not Thee;
But while I passed my Saviour by
His love laid hold on me.

I tried the broken cisterns, Lord,
But, ah! the waters failed;
E'en as I stooped to drink they fled,
And mocked me as I wailed.

The pleasures lost I sadly mourned,
But never wept for Thee,
Till grace the sightless eyes received
Thy loveliness to see.


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