Three weeks after starting the full-time training, here are three questions:
Question 1: Remind me again, why are you doing this?
I’m trying to live my life by what I believe in. And because I believe that God has accomplished something great in this universe and desires to accomplish it fully in all His believers, big or small, short or tall.
God’s desire in this universe is to gain a universal Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12-16), which is composed of all His genuine and regenerated believers who share His life, not in a metaphorical or hopeful way but who really have the life of God in them (Eph. 2:5, Rom. 8:11,16).
And it is this life which moves and works and inspires Christians like me to go and do things like preach the gospel on a hot sweaty Sunday afternoon, or to do things like go to Bible College for 1 or 2 years. (Again, this is not what EVERY Christian MUST do – it is by and according to the operation of life in you, and how much you are moved or inspired to do so.)
In a sense, we Christians are like caterpillars stuck in a cocoon. At some point we become butterflies, but that process takes time, and you can’t rush it. Often times all people see is an ugly caterpillar or an unshapely cocoon and they think “What, this is a Christian?” Yes, believe it or not Christians are humans too. We snore and we drool and we get mad and we fall sick and fall in love and we cry at sad movies.
But I believe there’s something greater to live for than sad movies and falling sick and falling in love. I believe God has a heart’s desire, which includes me, by His grace and mercy (1 Cor. 15:10). And I’m trying to live towards that, as best as I can.
Question 2: So what have you learnt so far in your 3 weeks there? Are you a super Christian yet?
- I’ve learnt how to make a mean salad.
- I’ve learnt to take time to open to the Lord – His speaking is after the earthquake and the fire, in a still small voice.
- I’ve learnt that being the church of God in Matt. 16:18 is really not a matter of human effort, is greater than just a single organization, and that religion is certainly opposed to God. God’s view of the church is universal.
- I’m not a super Christian yet sorry. I’ll let you know when I get there.
Question 3: So tell me – what is the meaning of your human life?
I just want to make Eph. 3:16 and Eph. 4:15 something I live by.
Eph. 3:16 That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love.
Eph. 4:15 But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ.
I love singing. I love working with kids. I love eating sashimi. I love making mean salads. I love a lot of things, but I also know in the heart of my hearts that these things are not the meaning of my life and will never fully explain my purpose for being on this earth (of which I do believe there is a purpose).
And so I pursue, and continue to pursue, this endlessly fascinating Lord Jesus Christ, the One whom I love and Who loves me best.
Sharing by T. T. (a trainee brother) from his enjoyment in the full-time training.