by Melvert Magparo (33rd Batch)
Jesus came to this world to give us life to the full (John 10:10). In spite of this, the book of Acts conveyed that we must experience hardships to enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). It may not sound good news to others, but it actually is. Jesus Himself declared that He has overcome the world (John 16:33)
As a missionary, taking heed of the great commission in Matthew 28:19, 20 is my deep gratitude to Christ and His redemptive act. Being assigned in South Korea is a fulfillment of Acts 1:8. Experiencing cultural barriers is just like rowing in a sea tossed by waves. If you know how to handle waves, they act as an ‘external energy’ that will help you speed up your spiritual journey. Peter on the other hand was very anxious about the waves instead of focusing on Jesus. As a result, he eventually started sinking (Matthew 14:30). We should not be anxious about the winds and the waves. Ungrateful students, disrespectful learners and inconsiderate authorities are some examples of the waves in our lives here in Korea. In one way or another we could be like Peter who almost sank. However, verse 31 clearly emphasizes that Jesus immediately stretched out His hand for Peter as he cried out for help. God’s hand is available for us, too. We need guidance and directions.
Interestingly, God volunteers Himself to give us directions. He wants to change the course of our lives. He has the map and is the Map (John 14:6). We can now travel anywhere to the four corners of the world. Also, as we witness outside “Jerusalem’, we need food and water. Jesus is our Living Bread (John 6: 56-58) and Living Water (John 4:13-14). He has provided us more abundant spiritual nourishment which is also enough to share.
If you guys are with me, you will agree that a person who has the MAP, BREAD and WATER can travel with the assurance of not getting lost. In our journey and in the race we are into, not the fastest but whoever perseveres gets the price. Don’t rush. Maintain your pace and keep hydrated with the Living Water.