I’m an adventurous yuppie who loved going to places, trying new things, and having fun. I often went to parties, bars, and celebrations. I embraced this kind of lifestyle because it’s the reality in my work industry. Having fun was very important for me because it was my way of relieving stress from work and other frustrations. I’d have fun even if it hurts or offends others. I’d make inappropriate jokes, selfishly caring only about what I think and feel. I was inconsiderate of other people.
I was self-righteous. Going to church regularly has become a deeply embedded practice for me since childhood especially having gone to a school that imposes church attendance on Sundays. As an adult, I would go to church every Sunday only to fulfill my duty and feel holier and superior to others who don’t go to church. Then I’d go back to my old lifestyle. And because I regularly go to church, I don’t care what other people would say or think of me. Going to church every Sunday already makes me a better person.
One day, a colleague invited me to an event called “Agents Day”. He said it’s a breakfast gathering of call center agents. I consented. My boss implied that I was too polite to agree, which gave me the idea that it’s an activity of a different religious group. But since I was adventurous, I went and tried to see what it was about.
After the event, a white guy shared the Gospel to me. I was established in my religious belief so I just listened but never agreed on anything he said.
He told me that: Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. We cannot save ourselves by being good or doing good deeds because there is no one good or righteous before God and His standard is perfect holiness. The wages of our sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus paid the penalty of our sins so that whoever trusts in His sacrifice on the Cross shall not perish but have eternal life.
Afterward, the same colleague invited me to attend a Bible study. Adventurous as I was, again I said yes. I was really curious about the setup of this “Bible study”. At first, I was uncomfortable because I didn’t know anyone in the group, and also because they have a weird personality and were too spiritual for me. But I continued to attend and eventually made new friends.
I found it interesting to see how they study the Bible. They also desire and strive to follow the teachings in the Bible which, at first, got me scared because it was uncommon and contrary to what I was used to. Gradually, I came to know them more and learned more about the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ.
What touched me the most was seeing how selfless these people were serving one another and those who are in need. Praying with other people is one of the most moving experiences I ever had; it was the time when a group leader wholeheartedly prayed for me.
Surrendering my life to Jesus was a gradual process. Being with people who have a different outlook from the world and striving to submit to the teachings of the Bible, knowing more of Jesus and His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for our sins, learning about the character of God and being confronted of my sins through our Bible studies, eventually made me decide to surrender my life to Him.
By God’s grace, He is changing me from a self-righteous, insensitive person, to a disciple who loves serving other people. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
God faithfully continues to guide me. I still stumble and fall, I still have selfish motives and actions. But now, Jesus my living God and Savior reminds me to repent of my sins, turn to Him and to always seek Him for guidance. He continues to change my heart and mind day by day to become the person He desires me to be for His glory. Thank You, Lord!
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)Tweet
A personal testimony of Rone Jayson Mariazeta, a coach in a Business process outsourcing (BPO) company. He assists in leading and teaching an adults Bible study group in Greenhills Christian Fellowship.
He’s fond of watching travel vlogs. He’s interested in learning about other cultures and international cuisines. He loves trying out new food. He also gives importance in taking care of his body with balanced diet and exercise. He’s into pilates, yoga, HIIT, and soon taichi.