I was born into a non-Christian family. Since I was 6 years old, my parents used to send me and my sister to Sunday school. From then on, going to church on Sunday had become my routine. When I was around 14, I walked away from church as I was intimidated by the people whom I hung out with; their walk with God seemed far more mature than my own. However, God did not give up on me. He sent people to follow up with me and it took 3 long years to bring me back to Him. It was during my SPM year, I needed Him to bless me with good results and He did. From getting to know who Jesus is, and coming back to Him after walking away, I know I belong to Him and am precious to Him. Isaiah 43:1 says that “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” I believe that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son to die for our sin so that we can be reconciled with God and have this eternal relationship.
During the past few months, my mentor has challenged me in my relationship with God. Not going through baptism is like dating God and not wanting to get married. Throughout the years, I have been giving myself a lot of excuses to delay my baptism. This time, I truly seeked God regarding baptism and Mark 16:16 appeared to me “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved”. The word “is baptized” was highlighted. I always thought I will be saved as long as I believe and put my faith in Him. After I decided to take this step of obedience, I had a dream. In that dream, I was surrounded by evil spirits and I was terrified. I kept calling out “in the name of Jesus”. As I called, I saw a shield of protection around me. Whatever that was outside this shield could not attack me. This dream happened again the second night. I know I am fighting against the darkness and truly understand God is so real; He who is in me is greater than he who is in this world.
My problem did not end here. As I mentioned before, coming from a non-Christian family, my parents are non-believers. I feared telling my parents about my baptism. However, I was encouraged by my sister. When I asked for their opinion, my parents supported my decision and my dad even comforted me when I was stressed out earlier this week when writing my testimony. I am really blessed by God with this precious family and I believe He has been working hard behind this whole baptism process.
Today as I take this step of faith and obedience, I look forward for a deeper and closer relationship with Him. My baptism today is not the mark of a final leap of faith, but it is to dedicate my life to serve Him. I am very excited to see how He can use me in His plan.
Elevate S2, St Lucia Morning Service