There are days when some of us would feel down and lousy and wondering what is life all about? Why am I here on earth? Have I wasted my life? How would I account to God on how I live my life thus far?
I have been through trials, uncertainties and discouragement when I was a school teacher, when I was a missionary and presently as a pastoral staff for member care of missionaries in the field. God would not allow me to remain in doubt for too long – he would reach out His mighty hand to pull me out of my rut! I soldiered on knowing God is with me and He is my enabler.
My attitude in my Christian journey changed when I stepped out of my comfort zone and familiar environment into the mission field. I experienced much more of God’s provision, protection and presence in the field. I realized that I was too inward-looking and self-centered! I was not sure what I would face in the mission until I was in the field – God opened a whole new horizon for us and were drawn into evangelism and discipling quite naturally. Time spent with pre-believers and disciples was so meaningful that I would not exchange it for anything else! In the process, I have learnt to be grateful and to give thanks in all circumstances.
In the mission field, I was truly living life for God. I wished I knew that earlier in life! But God has a purpose for us to be in Central Asia at the right time and for a season to accomplish what He has for us to do. Our Almighty God has brought people into our lives so that we can share the Good News and to disciple them.
Now, some of our disciples are in different parts of the world and persevering in reaching those who are living and dying without the Gospel. When we came back to Singapore in the first quarter 2016, I continue to pray that God would grant me opportunities to share the Good News with pre-believers or to encourage someone I would meet in my daily activities.
God has never failed me – I was given opportunities to share the Good News with ladies I meet in the market, in the coffee shop, in the plane, in the train, in the bus, in the taxi and even while walking on the overhead bridge. So I want to encourage each one of us not to be afraid to share the Good News. It is not about us – how much we know, what method to use, etc, just let the Holy Spirit lead you, He will empower you and you would be surprised at the words that come out of your mouth when you begin to step out by faith to do it for His glory. Do it, don’t hesitate when an opportunity is presented to you! The Good News is central to our faith! It is meant to be shared and our Lord Jesus wants us to bring people into the Kingdom of God!
Mark 1:17 – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 16:1 – He said to them, ”Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
Two days later, we would be celebrating the Lunar New Year and it would be a great opportunity for us to renew ties with family members and friends and to let God give you the opportunities to share the Good News! May we continue to obey God and follow His command to share the Good News with those who are living and dying without it. Let us not forget God’s mandate for us! Go forth…
By Mrs Josephine Yue (YCKC Bulletin 2&3 February 2019)