In this “God at Work” series, Jeanette Yeo shares about how
God had brought her back to PSPC through her father’s sickness.
Since then, she began her spiritual growth through the
Discipleship Class and was baptised on Easter Sunday 2017.
I grew up in a Christian family and like everyone else, I attended church with my parents and sister every Sunday. From my childhood days until I became a teenager, I was stagnating in my spiritual growth. Although my parents kept on urging me to grow spiritually, it didn’t happen.
After I became an adult, I got married to a non-Christian. It was not an ideal situation for me and as a result I became even more hesitant towards taking this path of becoming a baptized Christian. I also started to attend church less frequently.
My father suddenly became very ill in 2013. Initial diagnosis was that he had some blockages in the lungs and had to undergo surgery immediately to save his life. However, due to his old age (85 years old), he might not be able to take the strain of a major surgery. At that point in time, I realized that I had never prayed so hard to God in my life before. I wanted my dad to live longer! Everyone in my family kept on praying and praying to God for his recovery.
By God’s grace, our prayers were answered. The doctors did a thorough scan on him again and found that he did not need an immediate operation because his lungs were still functioning well in spite of the blood loss. In the midst of my father’s recovery, he urged me to go back to attend church (PSPC). I gathered that God must be working in my life through my dad – God wanted me to return to PSPC and not to procrastinate anymore. Eventually, my dad lived for another 1½ years before he was called home to be with the Lord. I thought to myself – though I lost an earthly father, I gained a Heavenly Father through Christ.
When I returned to PSPC and attended my very first orientation lesson for the Discipleship Class, I felt a little stressed when I received the “Discipleship Essentials” book. My first impression was, “Can I make it in this class? Do I have to know everything in this book so that I can get baptized as a Christian? The book looks so thick and seems to contain so many pages!” So I went around asking my church friends and relatives who had attended this class and they all reassured me that it would not be so difficult along the way. They encouraged me to pray to God for confidence and perseverance to complete Discipleship Class.
I believe God has a plan for every believer, and His desire is to see that plan completed, for Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” However, for the “good work” to be completed, it will require our perseverance. Now that I completed Discipleship Class, I begin to realize that becoming a Christian may not solve all my problems as life in itself can still be a great struggle. However, with Christ in me, I will definitely have the strength and empowerment of the Holy Spirit to persevere successfully into the future and fulfill God’s will for me. This could be God’s way of molding me into a much stronger and confident person I am today.
Jesus promised in Revelation 3:20 that if we ask Jesus into our hearts, He will come in: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me.” In conclusion, Discipleship Class has indeed given me the privilege of learning more about Jesus Christ with other fellow believers. I do encourage anyone who wants to take a step further into the Christian faith to attend this meaningful class and be truly blessed!