There was this parable in the book of Matthew…where Jesus shares…
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:35-40
Recently I get to know a couple from Pakistan who is a refugee here in Malaysia, they have been attending our church for the past 7 years and even though we know them earlier before through cell groups, we were not very close because back then as we were still very new in the church.
Another chance encounter through a BBQ party and again we get acquainted well and these days we have been fetching them to church every weekends because their home is just 15 mins drive away. At the same time, we sometimes spend our weekends together, having meals and visiting interesting destinations together. Life is very hard for them as a family here as a refugee. So we hope to help lighten their burdens a little as family members in Christ.
I guess no one wouldn’t be inspired upon hearing their testimony and how they escaped from Pakistan to Malaysia. I’ve shared it earlier in one of my recent blogpost but upon getting to know her, she shared how she escaped from 300 religious authorities in Pakistan to Malaysia. Even her own father wanted to kill her because of her conversion to Christianity and in the end it was her mother who help her escaped from home. She shared how everyday has been a miracle for her being ALIVE which is something we all take granted for each day. If she did not make the decision to follow Jesus, life would still be normal for them in a way her family is rich and she can still continue her education probably and go through an arranged marriage into a Moslem household.
In a way, I feel that she is REALLY a true disciple of Christ, preaching the good news to all who are willing to hear wherever they go. Both she and her husband are very well versed in both the Korans and the Bible so they are ready to share their experiences and testimony to anyone.
Unfortunately, our country is not liberal enough for us to share Christ with anyone we meet, for reasons being that this is an Islamic nation whereby the government has decreed that the main religion is Islam. We can convert anyone who was a non-Malay/Moslem but not anyone who is a Malay because they are automatically a Moslem by birth. Anyone found doing that will be imprisoned under ISA (Internal Security Act).
Rachel get to know God through reading the Koran and the Bible after her encounter with Jesus through her dreams. I do not know how many Moslems will be devout enough to go through deep soul searching and to really dig through the scriptures to discover the truth. Most of the time, all they have are teachings from their religious leaders in the mosque and elders, rumours that they choose to believe in and scriptures without any beginning or end and filled with contradictions. So far the bible is the only ancient text without any discrepancy or contradictions.
I remember she said that our final destiny is not here on earth, we are only here temporarily so we can leave earth and join God’s kingdom for eternity. We can be alive till the age of 100 mostly? but after that, we have to worry where our spirit will be heading next. So what we do now really matters, not just for our sake now but for eternity as well! Going through life with no purpose except for the sake of existence only can be lonely, meaningless and unfulfilling.
Having said that, being a Christian is not easy, for we are the only people on earth who are being persecuted everywhere. If we do not have love for one another, I guess things would be very difficult. As Christians, we have love for one another and bear all things through Christ who strengthens us in all that we do. We are all part of the body of Christ, and we don’t feel glad when one of our brothers and sisters fall from grace. Just as Jesus was persecuted while He is on earth, most of us as His followers will experienced the same. Of course God knows the amount of temptation that we can endure for His words also said that …
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Just as the bible warns us that in the end, we will experience the ‘great falling away’ and many false religious leaders arising claiming to be from God we need to steadfast and not sway all the more. Living here on earth is not going to be any easier with time running out soon. We have to be watchful, prepare and be willing to be persecute anytime now that the end draws closer.
Of course instead of looking up to man for guidance, our role model should always be Christ as He is the only one that can deliver and change our situation for good. Despite all the news about pastors and leaders falling from grace, due to money, affair, false teachings etc. We must always remember that, ultimately they are just man and the flesh are ‘weak’. Many a times we have our own challenges being in the flesh as we encounter hunger, thirst, temptation and many more. Jesus himself knows the feeling as He goes through the challenges of being a man and ask His heavenly Father to have mercy on us.
It’s not easy being a man, for even Jesus asked God if it is possible for the cup to be taken away from Him but nevertheless let God’s will be done. For God’s will to be done and mankind to experience redemption is a one very costly act which no one can ever replicate or repeat. Unfortunately those who did not know Christ is not aware of that. May God has mercy on them and may they find the truth before it is too late.