Since it’s Victory’s 30th year anniversary, I would like to talk about who we are as a movement and the kind of family God has called us to be. For the next 5 weeks, we will talk about our core values as a church, with the kind of DNA that I have learned to embrace in the last 10 years.
Question: What was your toughest Lordship decision that turned out to be worth it?
While finishing university I was setting my direction to settle in Spain and work as a professor. Growing in a half-Spanish family, my mom would always remind us to aim for a job in Barcelona where some of my family members live, and start life there. Because I grew up with la canciones de David Bustamante, FC Barcelona, Paella and Flamenco, it has been a culture and life that I long embraced even in advance.
It was in the last year of college when things started to be problematic…
I was finishing my degree in Literature Education and also enrolled in TESOL when I felt like the Lord is calling me to stay in this nation and work as a Campus Missionary. It was a life I never dreamed possible. It means giving up on a dream I have set ahead of me; to embrace a never-heard vocation (at least on my perspective). And just like any other stories I’ve heard, I resisted it. And all the more it grew. I was wrestling with the Lord and was without peace when I consulted my mentor, Pastor Cj Nunag (of all the people to ask, another campus missionary! Hahaha)
Almost six years later, I am writing this story and recalling those times. And yes, I am a Campus Missionary.
What led me here is what I want to share- a journey of obedience to the One who calls the shot.
I gave my life to Christ 10 years ago, and was discipled in Victory (Taft back then) Malate, and one of the classic teachings I grew up in, and has been dealing with until today, is the teaching on the Lordship of Jesus Christ- that He is either Lord of all or not at all – all areas of life, not 99%. That’s everything: relationships, academics, purity, finances, dreams, desires, thoughts, decisions… Nothing hidden, nothing withheld. And Lordship is not just tested by things that the Bible calls sin, but also on the seemingly good things- because God wants the best.
I remember Abraham when God called him to go to an unfamiliar territory…
Genesis 12 – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…
God told Him to go… And there was no clear description, neither things to expect… Only a promise that Abraham will be blessed.
I felt the same. Living in Spain is already set for me. The kind of job I will do, the city I will live in, the amount of money I will make. But staying here and doing ministry as a vocation? Okay… Will I be able to eat regularly? Can I even raise a family in the future? Should I throw my degree and go to city buses and ask for donations? These might be nothing compared to the kind of questions Abraham went through, but it is such an inspiration to see how he responded. Verse 4 says, “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…” And I am forever thankful for his unquestionable obedience which, until today, we are co-heirs of.
Six years later, I have no regrets walking in the decision I made. Although I must admit, there were moments that I tried to question that decision, but as I continue to walk in obedience to Christ, His Lordship has always been a rewarding journey and heartening promise.
I wish to continue this story in the next blog (on Evangelism.)
Here are other Lordship stories that will surely inspire you:1. http://www.josephbonifacio.com/…/jesus-is-lord-over-my…/
8. http://www.brokenmindset.org/when-obeying-meant-letting-go/ 9. http://paolopunzalan.com/2014/07/lordship-is/ 10. http://www.fionamaealvero.com/…/releasing-forgiveness… 11. http://emmanuellegomez.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/a-matter-of-love/