It has been two and half years since I became a Christian. Looking back, I can’t help thanking God for people who led me to Christ. Out of faith towards a same Father, they are now my dear brothers in the Lord.
Robert, vice president of my former company, was the one who shared with me the gospel during a company outing. At that time, I listened and responded to him with politeness and curiosity. I told him that I learnt about Adam and Eve’s story in my college textbook. But I just read it as another fairy tale and didn’t take it seriously.
I even joked that God is crazy to command Abraham to kill his son. However, Robert was very patient and explained to me vivid details about those Biblical figures. In the end, he asked if he could bring me a Bible when he travelled to Beijing next. I said yes and he did bring me one the following February.
Moreover, he also encouraged me to start to pray and join a church meeting on Sunday. I was not convinced by any religion at that time. I promised him that I would do so mainly because of his kindness. I planned to do all he suggested and reply to him that his God was not working on me. And then we could end the conversation about God. To believe in an unseen God sounds either unattractive or unpersuasive.
Thankfully, God was gracious enough in guiding me to know Him!
I didn’t expect that Robert would discuss Bible questions with me every time he flew to Beijing. He always made time for our meetings no matter how tight his schedule was. With Robert’s patience, I started to read the Bible and went to church regularly.
Ashely, who has served in China for eight years, was the teacher in the Bible study class which was affiliated with the church I went to. He is the one who helped me understand biblical doctrine and truth.
Instead of cramming us with Bible knowledge, Ashely often challenged our brains with difficult questions and encouraged group discussion during class.
Like most of the newcomers, I was not used to his way of teaching in the beginning. I knew nothing about the questions he asked and felt humiliated when I shouted the wrong answers. I was hoping that he would tell me all I need to know about God. And then I could rest on it and never come back to his class.
However, that’s never Ashely’s goal for his class.
“I know it’s a tough question. But try to think of it by yourself. I could tell you all the answer in 15 minutes. But your understanding about God wouldn’t develop in this way.” Ashely always said that when he asked a challenging question.
Despite those tough questions, I realized that my understanding of the Bible and God have grown through detailed study in Ashely’s class. Gradually, I brought my questions to him after classes. During our conversations, he recognized that the government church I went to didn’t tell the gospel as it is. So he suggested to me another church to attend. This is where I met Pastor David.
I decided to join Pastor David’s church after I listened to his first sermon. David has served in China as a missionary for 20 years by the time I met him.
It’s through his preaching that I truly understood the activeness of God’s Word. There were many times that I held a grudge towards my colleague and carried a heavy heart to church. The gloomy emotion chained me until I heard Pastor David said, “You shall forgive your enemy as the heavenly Father has forgiven you.”
It’s through him that I see a humble example of being a servant of Jesus. David is one who knows God when He speaks. He could recite verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament. He can elaborate about a biblical figure from various perspectives.
However, the man that we thought knows almost everything sometimes pauses in his sermon and admits his limited understanding towards certain verses.
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Each of them have brought positive influences to me on my journey in meeting with God. I feel very grateful to know and have them in my life.
Without their help, I wouldn’t have known and believed in God. Thank God for them! May God also use me to pass His light to others in my life! May God send more servants to His church to build up the body of Christ!
“So Christ himself gave the apostle, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for the works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 12-13)
Cindy Cheng was born and brought up in central China. Cindy enjoys travelling and reading history books. Cindy is inspired by talking with local people when travelling abroad experiencing different parts of the world, as well as herself. Cindy’s previous articles may be found at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/cindy-cheng.html