Months before my salvation, my life was one of searching and questioning. What is the purpose of life? There was a longing within me.
I was living a good life. I have a happy family and a good career in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry. I get to do what I want and buy what I need. Until I compared myself with my friends. They were more successful than I was. They had everything I wanted: high-paying jobs, properties and investments, luxury to travel anywhere in the world, and opportunity to work abroad.
In 2011, I resigned from the BPO and left the Philippines with the goal of getting a job in Singapore. At first, everything happened according to my plan.
Until I experienced being in the wilderness. It’s like the situation in Deuteronomy 8:1-5. when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience and lack of trust in God in taking hold of the Promised land. God humbled and tested them causing them to hunger yet He remained faithful in taking care of and providing for them.
In the wilderness, God humbled and tested me. He knows what’s in my heart. He humbled me that He allowed me to hunger and experience many troubles.
I did not realize how difficult it is to be alone. I used to have someone who prepares everything for me (food to eat every day, laundry, etc.) My savings were depleting. I had no relatives and friends in that country to lend help. All of my 3 job applications were unsuccessful because of working visa issues. Singapore was in recession during my stay. I had to exit the country once my tourist visa ended and enter again to secure another 30-day stay. I did not tell my family about my situation.
I had a roommate who is a fellow Filipino and happens to be a born-again Christian. He invited me to attend their Wednesday worship service. At first, my motivation to attend every service was to save money from buying dinner as they always prepare food for their guests. I experienced the love of Jesus through these Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). They prayed for me, helped me with my job applications, and even blessed me financially. God was with me in the wilderness. I started to know Him and humbly asked for His help.
One day, a church member asked me to be his replacement for his tutorial job as he needed to focus on his regular job. This tutorial job helped me pay my bed-space, fare, food, and things I needed during my stay. The family I tutored for became my second family.
Singapore was a time of testing and turning point for me. I needed to go through this trial because God wants me to take the path He prepared for me. He taught me that His plans for my life are far greater than my plans for my life. And I only need to fully surrender to His will. Through this experience, God humbled me and caused me to turn to Him for help and guidance.
In the wilderness, He never took His eyes off me. It was a season of many troubles but, in the end, it turned out to be victorious because of the forgiveness and salvation offered by Christ through His finished work on the Cross.
May 27, 2011 was when I gave my life to Jesus and decided to be baptized. From then on, a lot has changed. The Bible says: “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” My perspective in life changed especially with how I define success. I realized it’s not about the things we see outwardly. Success that the world can offer is temporal but being at the center of God’s will is the true success that lasts for eternity.
The Apostle John said: Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father (God) in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Lord, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
I am still a work in progress. I still need to experience God’s stretching and testing. But in all the stretching and shaping, I know that He is molding me to be a vessel He intends me to be for His glory. My identity is in Christ. I am His child and He delights in me.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act. (Psalm 37:4-5)
A personal testimony of Ronald Y. Macalipay, a child of God who loves to sing for his Father. He’s actively involved in different ministries at Jesus Flock Gateway Church (JFGC). He serves as a worship leader in their local church and is also part of the leadership team of the Young Adults ministry and Alpha BGC evangelistic ministry. All these for God’s glory and for proclaiming His great Name to the nations!