Throughout the past weeks I have been flooded with the same question by many people: “When/why have you decided to go to the FTTA?” As far as I could remember since the first time I heard about it, around middle school, I immediately had the desire to go.
I was at an early stage in my Christian life, so at that moment my reason to go was to get into more truths and receive a deeper level of enjoyment of the Lord. But as the years went by, through much reading of the ministry and the Word, through many experiences in my Christian/practical life, I sensed that there was more to the training than I previously thought.
I’ve recently been impressed with this example of flying an airplane: We cannot train a monkey to pilot an airplane simply because the life of the monkey is not fit for this purpose. The only life that is capable of piloting an airplane is the human life.
But just because we have the human life, it doesn’t mean we are able to pilot the airplane. We have the proper life but we also need to be trained to pilot the airplane. When we were regenerated, another life, the divine life, came into us. Now that we have the proper life, we need to have the proper training.
I’ve also been able to see that the Lord uses man to carry out what He desires. We may want to serve the Lord, but our service would be meaningless if we do not have the proper character. Yes, we have the divine life, but we also need a proper character that would carry out the work.
The divine life that is in us is our skill and the character that we have built up is our technique. This is something that is truly lacking in my being, and this is one of the reasons why I not only want to go to the Training, but why I NEED the Training.
The Training, with all its rules and regulations, provides an atmosphere that will show you in what specific areas of your character the Lord needs to work on. Our poor and sloppy character can be a great hindrance to the Lord in our service.
That’s why a Christian needs training. Our main focus in our service is to minister life to others, but without a proper character we have no way to minister life to people.
Sharing by Rafael D. (Miami, FL, USA) from his testimony regarding his need to be in the training, and his consecration to the Lord.