I know it has been a long time since the last blogpost. I apologize as I was MIA preparing for my comprehensive exams. The great news is that I passed and now have more time to put up some more blogposts. As I was thinking about what to write on, I wanted to find out about different testimonies of grace. I think The Bridge would benefit and be encouraged by hearing the testimonies of God’s grace in the lives of the members at The Bridge.
So I am calling all members to participate in a blog post by giving their testimony of grace. If you can email me your testimony, then I will put up a different member’s testimony each week with a little biographical information. I would highly encourage you to submit a testimony because I know this will bless the body to know how God has worked in each of our lives. So I will begin the first step in sharing my testimony:
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, in a believing household my whole life. I was raised in the Korean church with godly parents for most of my childhood; however, my parent’s godliness did not transfer to me. I said the right phrases, prayed the proper prayers, but I never fully submitted myself to the lordship of Christ for most of my life. I lived a very hypocritical life being a part of student leadership at my church, yet continually partying with my unbelieving friends during the week. However, my life radically changed with the death of a close friend.
My friend, Peter Pae, died at the age of 14 from cancer. I remember being at his funeral and making a commitment that I would not waste any more time with Christianity unless it is true and I firmly believed in it. It was during high school that I spent many hours searching the Scriptures for answers to my heart wrenching questions and became very close with my youth pastor at that time. He pointed me to books and resources which strengthen my faith and helped me come to a firm assurance and understanding of my salvation. God showed His grace towards me in high school by shattering my self reliance on my upbringing and religion. God would show me a different aspect of His grace in college.
When it was time for me to go to college, I decided to further my studies about the Bible and Christianity. I naively majored in Religious Studies at U.C Berkeley which in reality had little to do with the Bible. Struggling through my classes and hearing teachings that went against my faith, I become dependent on God and learned that I needed to fully trust in the sufficiency of Scripture. I was able to discern my professors’ foolish critiques of the Bible and saw that the gospel is truly foolishness to those who are perishing. God showed his grace towards me in college by exposing my lack of conviction in the Scriptures.
So what led me to salvation? Was it my godly parents? Was it my friend’s death? Was it my time being grounded in the Word in college? The only thing that saved me was God’s grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. This verse encompasses my salvation testimony.
There were so many blessings that God gave me in my life to paint a clear picture of His grace, yet I grabbed on to those gifts as the validation of my salvation when in fact they should have pointed back to the giver of those gifts and my salvation. The faith that I have in Christ cannot be credited solely on my parents’ faith, or my service at church, or through the death of a friend that allowed me to see the reality of death. However, I can say that these gifts in my life were the colors that God used to paint the fuller picture of His grace shown in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I finally saw that these things were the means from which God used to lead me to salvation, not the end.
Therefore, I know that it is only through God’s grace I can experience redemption in the atoning blood of Christ. It is by grace that I know my savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is by grace I have repented from my past sins and strive to live a life of holiness. It is by grace that multiple aspects of my life have pointed to Christ’s work on the cross. Finally, it is by grace that God has given me a desire to learn His Word and teach it at The Bridge Church. God’s grace is the testimony of my life. What about you?