My goal in attending the training isn’t to be a more “religious” person or to become a pastor, but to simply be the most proper and normal Christian I can be. I desire to build a more personal & affectionate relationship with my dear Lord Jesus.
Thinking back, through the highs and lows of my Christian life, He has never let me forget my first consecration back in junior high – “I give myself to love the Lord. No other way is so prevailing.”
My decision to finally attend the full-time training may have started when I was young, but as I grew older, my faith and love for Him often wavered. The enemy is complicated, and his strategy is to hinder the growth of this next generation. But Hallelujah, The Lord is so simple!
When I was at the lowest point of my Christian pursuit during college, I was reminded by a brother that, just because we drift away from the Lord does not mean we don’t love Him anymore. That is a lie from the enemy.
I am so thankful to have brothers and sisters caring for me and setting the pattern before me. Everywhere I go, I am safe and preserved as long as I’m in contact with the Body.
I am thankful that there are brothers vouching for me when I’m far gone, always. When Onesimus the slave ran away from his master Philemon, was captured in Rome and put into jail, he met the apostle Paul. Through this precious brother, he received the gospel and salvation. And on top of that, Paul actually wrote a letter to Philemon telling him to spare Onesimus, who is “my very heart” (Philemon 1:12), vouching for his fellow brother in Christ.
This has been my experience my last year in the university. A dear brother named Isaac vouched for me and for my return, and spent weeks to take time & read the ministry with me. Not only that, he even took care of me on a human level, and nurtured me back to health spiritually while feeding me physically. Companions, once again, saved me from introspection and the self. Praise the Lord for the body life!
My favorite footnote is from Matthew 26:8, and I absolutely treasure that the way we spend our time as Christians, redeeming the time with Christ and the body, is NOT a waste. I’m freshly reminded that only our Christ is worthy!!!
The disciples considered Mary’s love offering to the Lord a waste. Throughout the past twenty centuries thousands of precious lives, heart treasures, high positions, and golden futures have been “wasted” upon the Lord Jesus. To those who love Him in such a way He is altogether lovely and worthy of their offering. What they have poured upon Him is not a waste but a fragrant testimony of His sweetness. Matthew 26:8 footnote 1, Recovery Version
Sharing by William J. (CA, USA) from his experience of the Lord caring for him and bringing him to the full-time training.