Nothing thrills me more than to witness the baptism of my beloved son. On May 20, 2017, the Hui’s family, his teachers, classmates and church friends celebrated Nathan’s baptism at Shek O Beach. Here is Nathan’s testimony.
Growing up in a Christian household, attending a Christian school, I’ve been taught all my life about God, Jesus, what He’s done for me, etc. I’ve always believed that He existed, but it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve truly let go and surrendered myself to Him.
For the longest time, I thought that my salvation came from merely saying that I was a Christian. But no, as Jesus says, in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
A few months ago, after watching a movie on prayer, it inspired me to rethink my prayer life. Prayer, I’ve noticed, though not at first, brings about a great deal of change. It may not be just in the things that I prayed for, but also in myself. I truly began to know him, and through prayer, along with reading Scripture, caused me to truly accept Him as Lord and Savior, giving myself up to Him. I came to rely on Him, instead of turning to him as a last resort.
A passage that I really like, and strive to live by is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It tells us not only to rejoice when there are things to be joyful for, but always, because He is our source of joy. It tells us not only to pray at specific times, like right before bed, or right before a meal, but continually, never ceasing, being on constant communication with the Lord. It tells us also not only to be giving thanks when we have things to be thankful for, but even when we might be as broken, as hurt, as one could possibly be. We give thanks because He is Lord, and He is Mighty, and He is Holy, and He is Healer, and He is Power, and He is Savior. He saves, and for that, we live.
My beloved, you have made a big decision and you are a blessed man. I am so thankful of God who has given you spiritual mentors and companions. Continue to “pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2: 22). This is my prayer for you that you grow in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Pause and reflect on the following advice.
- Heart matters – Above all else, guards your heart as it is the wellspring of your life (Proverbs 4:23).
- Follow His leading – Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and he will make your path straight (Proverbs 3:5).
- Root yourself in the word of God and bear fruits for His Kingdom.
- Love God wholeheartedly, learn diligently, and serve selflessly.