For Alan and Ai Li, the 24th of November 2013 is a very special day. It was the day that they both expressed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord by getting baptised. It was an extraordinary baptism service – taking place in the wide open, in a pool. For more details see the previous post, ‘Outdoor Baptism”.
These are their testimonies;
“I HAVE BELIEVED in Christ for a couple of years now but didn’t think that I was ready to be baptised. I didn’t think I was good enough for it.
Being a Christian wasn’t just believing that Jesus had died for me and taken away my sins but also I would change to be more like Him.
But I’ve come to realise that I wasn’t meant to be perfect, that being a Christian is a journey and change takes time. It is the willingness to change to be more Christ-like that is more important rather than where I am in my journey.
Believing in Jesus is a blessing to me. The blessing that I’m referring to is not referring to wealth but the knowing that Jesus will always be there to comfort me no matter what happens.
When I was preparing my testimonial, I came to realise that the baptism wasn’t just for me but also for my parents. Being non-Christians, they had misconceptions of what it meant to be a Christian. I’m hopeful that my baptism has made a difference to them.
AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, I sat down and reviewed the list of things I’d accomplished in 2012 and started working on my 2013 resolutions. And the thing about resolutions is that more often than not, people don’t follow through and the same goes for me. But I sat long and hard and came up with 10 things I definitely wanted to achieve, and item 6 on that list reads:
I’ve always felt “insecure” and inferior when it comes to matters about religion and that is mostly because I feel inadequate. Also, overly warm people scare me to death. 2013 will be a year in which I shall not be afraid of overly warm people, but I will do what I have to do.
So, mainly the reason why I am here today is to fulfill my resolution, but that’s not to say that it is the only reason. I grew up with this church, I attended Sunday School, Kids Church and then, due to conflicting schedules as I grew up, I grew apart, too, as a result. And while I always wanted to come back, I also always found a reason not to. You’re not good enough, you don’t know the Bible from head to toe, you don’t memorize verses, you don’t know 70% of the songs sang in church… And then it occurred to me that, no one is judging me, even with me as I am, Jesus Christ had died for me. He does not love me less because I take longer to flip through to Acts in the Bible during sermon. He loves me all the same. So what is stopping me?
And so, when the announcement about baptism class was made, I felt something thug at my heart. I was still unsure, there were a lot of what if’s, but I went ahead anyway. I didn’t know what to expect but now that I am here, I am actually surprised at how easy it was – no exam, no test on bible knowledge, no intensive 6-month crash course. Just a willing heart, and a clear mind.
That said, being baptized seems easy, but I know and we know that the difficult part is in living in His grace, everyday of my life from this moment on. I thank my family, my friends, the church elders and everyone who has helped me be here today, and I pray that you will continue to encourage me on this journey.”