Aug 31 , 2020
Prior to knowing the Savior Christ Jesus and coming into faith in the early part of 2005, I’ve lived a life of vice and immorality. I sought pleasure in ungodly relationships and pursued meaning and significance in “friendships'' with people who were in the same lifestyle that I was living. But then a drastic turn of events led me into an encounter I never have thought or imagined would happen to me. When my then girlfriend—the first serious relationship I had—abandoned me and the heavy metal band that I was part of disbanded, the life that I knew was shattered. Despair instantly became a mental state, and in trying to cope I engaged in a series of short flings.
One night out of the ordinary and mundane solitary binge-drinking in my room, I noticed a Bible sitting beside my collection of dirty magazines. I opened it and started reading the book of Revelation. I continued reading it for weeks until I reached towards the end, Revelation 22:20, where it says, “Surely, I am coming soon.” By conviction of conscience and certainty of judgment out of fear, I wept—pleading and praying that I may not be judged into destruction. Little did I notice in that season of my life, God was sending people who can help me in a journey I wasn’t even aware was dawning. I came to know a pastor who was the university chaplain. He became a really close friend who keeps inviting me to hang out in his office for coffee or snacks. He would tag me along on weekend camping in the mountains and out-of-town excursions. Then I got paired to a classmate who was already in the faith for a class presentation.
One Friday evening, after a continuous decline of invitations from the same guy, I found myself attending a Youth Night of the fellowship that I eventually became part of. Theology became my primary interest, and with it, Biblical Hermeneutics.
Fifteen years of living the gift of faith, I’ve been serving the church by volunteering in different ministries and outreaches, particularly where the youth is involved. Considering what Christ has done to save someone like me, I echo the words of Paul, “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:12-16)