He could see, from the window next
to the main door, a group of youth playing poker. It seemed they ignored Sunny, who was
standing at the door knocking. Or
possibly they were too engrossed in their game and music.
"What's that," Sunny
thought. "Why aren't they
prepared?" "Why don't they open the door?" "Don't they know
that I'm coming?"
Sunny hesitated. Trying to decide whether he should continue
knocking. It was not very pleasant to be
left outside the flat, especially as there were passersby using the
corridor. Standing outside too long
might even arouse suspicion from the neighborhood.
It was after the recent Church
Board meeting that Sunny was assigned the duty of conducting a weekly Bible
Study with a group of truth-seekers. The
idea of coming here was initiated by a brother who lived with them. Looking through the window again, he could
see them still playing, but not the brother - Lee. Something about their attitude - indifferent,
unapproachable – brought Sunny to a
point of indecision. "Gosh!"
He exclaimed. "Do they want a Bible Study or not?"
After a brief moment of thinking,
he decided to hang around for a while longer.
When he was a boy, his parents took him to the Sunday School
of the church in Malaysia. Later, he was trained in the YTTC. On many occasions he experienced the
constraint of God's love in his life.
Even in the darkest times, God guided him to struggle against all odds
Now, God was using him in a way to
spread the gospel. He had been preaching
to many of his friends. He also witnessed the divine presence in all
that he had done.
Sunny suddenly thought how blessed
he was to be brought up and to remain in the church. He understood that he had no choice. It was his responsibility to share the Gospel
of Salvation with others - that life without Christ is doomed. He felt that he owed these difficult
youngsters the grace of God that he had freely received.
He took courage and stepped
forward. "I must knock until they
open the door", he mumbled to himself.
Within a minute, his persistence paid off. Lee, who had just woken up, invited him to
come in. Meanwhile, a youth, Kenny, was
standing behind him. He was not with the
group. To his surprise, Sunny learned
that he would only be studying the Bible with Kenny, apart from Lee in one of
Making their way to the back of
the flat, the eyes of the visitor and some of the boys in the group met for the
first time. They gave Sunny a very
unfriendly look. Worse still, the rest
did not even bother to look up, though many of them were Christians.
Before he came, Sunny was told to
talk about some doctrinal issues. But
now sitting on a bed, he realized that Kenny was a Buddhist, who had no
knowledge of Christianity at all.
Feeling a bit lost, Sunny flipped through his Bible page after page to
look for a relevant message.
He wondered what he should say to
him. From his experience of preaching,
he always prayed silently to God for guidance.
Without exception, he did likewise this time as well. He had begun to formulate a plan. At the same time, Sunny knew that he could
put Kenny off if he was too quick to launch into the subject of religion.
Having learned from Lee before the
Bible Study, what Kenny was studying,
Sunny started by relating to his educational background. The conversation somehow was led to the
subject of God - as Sunny remembered taking a course of Religious Study in
Sunny decided to end after he had
explained who God was. He did not obey
his urge to go on talking, a practice that he was well aware of, which was
necessary, in establishing a good relationship with a stranger. The discussion was short but fruitful.
The first thing that came to his
mind after returning home was to pray for Kenny. Then he realized that he should get another
brother, probably Peter, to go with him the next time. At least he would have someone to give him
support. Pondering over the Bible Study,
he felt a surge of thanksgiving towards God for Lee, who had taken the
initiative and effort to arrange the meeting in such an unfriendly
environment. It was, Sunny thought,
remarkably encouraging what this silent worker had done.
The Bible Study took place in that
cramped bedroom week after week. Hostile
reaction was imminent. They protested
against the weekly worship; either by slamming the doors or turning their music
on at full blast. A powerful spiritual
battle had begun to play itself out, with one man being "pulled" by
the group in the house not to believe in the gospel and three others from the
true church pleading with him to listen.
Thank God, the battle was won by the concerted effort of His soldiers,
who were relying on Him throughout. The
fruit of laboring for God was evidently clear - Kenny decided to get baptized
after three months. His conversion
according to him, was the result of God's gracious
calling. It was also partly driven by the concern of Peter, who had been
helping with his study. As a private
tutor, Peter had often gone around teaching.
But he gave Kenny free tuition.
In the weeks after the conversion,
all four men continued with their family worship. Surprisingly, the same group of cold and
unfriendly youngsters had changed and eventually decided to join the Bible
Study. Their intention was partly to study
God's word, for they had observed the obvious transformation in the life of
Kenny. Partly too, they hoped to receive
free tuition from Peter.
On one hand, the pressure on Peter
grew intense, as he had to spend a great deal of time helping them at the expense
of his own income. On the other hand, he
knew that this was a golden opportunity to propagate the gospel. Sometimes, he wondered how long he could hold
For what seemed a very long time,
Peter persisted. Slowly, an inexplicable
bond grew amongst the soldiers of God and the recipients of tuition. Soon Peter's goal of thorough preaching was
realized. "Jesus is God" was
soundly explained over many weeks, and they were invited to attend the year-end
spiritual convocation as well.
The calling of God was
miraculous. Three out of five received
the Holy Spirit. On the day of baptism
all of them were redeemed by the atoning blood of Jesus. Amen!
This is a true story.
9:16; 2 Tim 4:1f; Phil 1:15f; 2 Cor 4:1 ff; I Thess 2:1-5