So I’m here to tell you what the Lord has done in my life for the past 24 years. The Lord works in mysterious yet marvellous ways. I didn’t have a particular time when I went “hey I’m saved” it has been a life journey for me. Christianity has been with me throughout my life with a few bumps along the way. Both my parents believe in God and church is a big part of every week.
I was born and was Christian at a uniting church. The unique thing about me is I was born with an ear impairment which made it hard to relate to others and keep up academically. I realised this in later years more so than being young in prep to grade 2. In grade 1 (year 2000) I committed by life to being a follower of Jesus after doing an Alpha course in an Anglican church. I was physically and verbally bullied in grade 3 – 4 to the point of getting 3 boys to write apologies and 2 to be expelled. But the amazing grace of God intervened. A Religious Education woman came into my grade 3 class. I recall me loving a craft activity we did, there was a sheet with the Lord’s Prayer on it. I remember taking it home after a hard day at school and colouring in the beautiful nature in the border with the best coloured textas I had. I questioned the lines especially forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us. I kept thinking what I had done to deserve being bullied.
Later I received a verse from church which is still hang up on my bedroom wall still today. 1 Peter Chapter 5 Verse 7 “Give all your cares to God, because he cares for you.” This changed my thinking and behaviour, from treating others the same way as they treat me to being caring regardless of how I was treated. To be empathetic like Jesus and share his love to others.
In year nine I fractured my finger whilst playing football. I spent the whole year trying to rehabilitate my finger and blamed God for no progress. This made me focus on study and the good feeling I gained when I achieved good grades. As people praised me for the good grades this gave me a boost. As people praised me for good grades and for achieving satisfying results my reliance on God faded, and I pushed God away.
At this time I didn’t wear my hearing aids at all, and went to church as a “perceived perfect kid” trying to impress people with my generous gestures and loving nature. I also participated in worship, but I was bored really, not there to glorify God but myself. I wasn’t building a relationship with God, I was just trying to impress God by my actions. But inside I was hurt, I was lonely and angry as the person at church wasn’t me at all. This carried on into senior school years.
My next phase was post high school, where things came down to me deciding where to go to university and what to study. This brought with it uncertainty. I prayed about the uncertainty and God did answer my prayer. God DOES answer prayer as I got a job at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 2012, found Aberfeldie Baptist Church by the Braids introducing me to Aberfeldie Baptist Church at the Good Friday Festival and made new friends for life at church and got good marks in VCE, that helped me enrol in a course at RMIT of business management. I knew God was present and in control, and I didn’t lose sight of that fact even though doing a general business management degree made me question what job I would get as it gave me many options in career directions.
My hearing was a struggle and this was evident when working at the Metropolitan Fire brigade prior to studying at RMIT. I had thoughts at times that my hearing was getting worst, especially after taking many telephone calls and a display of distrust in my ability by others at work. I learnt whilst working at Metropolitan Fire Brigade that the Lord was always with me and provided me with a new confidence and trust in God and myself. I didn’t let this make me feel guilt but rejoice and blessed in what I had from God in my life at the time. A job, good mates and church, which was a great combo.
When I am sick or weak, to know that the grace of God is with me, it made me stronger than I initially believed I am. Some may suffer more than others on this earth. But this decaying world is not the only place in existence. As for those who believe in God’s Son, Jesus, there is a hope in everlasting life. This place is free from suffering and it is, heaven, a dwelling place with God.
Colossians 3:1 “1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.…”
Then a year later after the contract work, while studying at RMIT I joined RMIT Christian Union. This was a life changing decision and was most significant to me was the Men’s Night initially. We looked at these two passages. Philippians 2:6 – 11 about being a humble servant like Jesus and Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
The link to God for us is Jesus. We strive to be sinless, but by the love of God salvation is displayed by Jesus sacrifice. Jesus conquered death, freed us from sin and Satan’s power in death, and allows those that choose to live with/be in relationship with Jesus/God in heaven forever. John 3:16 God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
As for my faith in God at the moment, I am loving to others not because I have to impress others and get people on my side, but because I want to make a difference in others’ lives and let people know that God loves them. I use the bible as an encouraging, challenging, giving me wisdom in how to act and uplifting tool to help me when I feel down and sometimes see things in a more positive light.
I am blessed to have connections at Swinburne/RMIT Christian Union to train me in sharing the gospel and of course God’s church and all the people who have molded me into the man I am today. I give thanks with a grateful heart to the Lord and I see a vision for my life, and that is to assist in building God’s kingdom, by serving our Lord.
So I have recollected how the Lord has shaped my life. I want this testimony to encourage others, to faithfully continue to be inspired to be like Jesus. I like to read the Bible for continuous fruitfulness and to pray and proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others. I got baptised on the 22nd of February 2015. The reason I got baptised in 2015 is because I want the Holy Spirit to urge me to continue to serve the Lord. Thanks for listening.