Muslim discovers the the Love of Jesus and is converted
I was born and raised in a Javanese family, fully Islamic way in
Jakarta, Indonesia. When I became a teenager, I studied about Islamic
teachings in my academic education. Islam has many adherents in Java, where I
have lived all my life. I prayed five times to "Allah" (deceptively
known as God Almighty) almost every day, and received religious moral
education in Islam with great eagerness. I read the Quran regularly and
memorised all of the prescribed ritualistic prayers. I tried to obey
"Allah" as faithfully as prophet Muhammad did.
After my formal academic education, I worked for few commercial
business companies and even had a colleague who claimed to be a Christian but
I detested the way her life as a Christian. Many
questions arose and I was not satisfied with my life as well as stumped
by the economic crisis in Indonesia. I began to search for the true
answers to the questions of life in my heart. My next door
neighbours in Jakarta Pusat district are caring Christians but I was a
little apprehensive to ask about the Christian faith amd teachings.
Whenever I passed an old church building on my way home, I wondered what
kind of diety the Christians worship.
In the year 2000AD a tourist named "Sam" from Singapore visited the
shop at the Jakarta International Airport where I worked. He had a warm
and genuine smile that radiated an undeniable inner peace. Well,
initially he seemed to be more interested to talk to my colleagues than me.
Sigh...after that brief encounter with this radiant tourist, I had mixed
feelings. On the one hand, I could not shake the image of his kind and
happy face from my mind. I knew that he had something in his life that I
didn't have. To my surprise I was later introduced to him by my
colleague and we began our courtship. Sam and I fell in love
and he shared with me from the Bible: "Jesus said, `I am the way - and
the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'"
(John 14:6). The claim that Christ is the only way made it very clear
that the Bible teaches that every human being is a sinner, and yet God
loves us and through Christ he can forgive and save us. There was so
much I ! did not understand about Jesus.
I read that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23), but I did not know
what it meant. Sam shared with me that his joy came from trusting in
Jesus as his Saviour and Lord. He not only told me about God's
holiness, he also told me about God's love. When he told me that God
demonstrated His love by coming in the person of Jesus Christ to give
His life on the cross for our sins, I was amazed. I had never heard
anything like that before. It was wonderful, even overwhelming, to think
that God is like that and that by trusting in Jesus Christ one could
have all of his sins forgiven. Now I could begin to understand why a true
Christian had so much joy and peace even in the midst of troubles. A
Christian did not need to fear the judgment of God. He had his sins
forgiven because Jesus Christ took all those sins on Himself when he died on
the cross so that we need not face the judgement seat of God once
anymore. God is so good!
I wondered if all of this could be true. I thought about it very much -
then I told Sam I wanted Jesus to come into my life because he was a
real friend, and his sincere love for me touched me very much. That same
day, I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour though I was a little
unsure of God's great love. When I came to New Creation Church in December
I was more impressed by what I heard from God's message by Senior
Pastor Joseph Prince. What touched me most of all was the attitude of the
Christians in church. The first time I stepped into the Rock auditorium
at Suntec City, I sensed a tremendous attack
on my tummy. I nauseated and I was surrounded by so many caring people.
Christians laid hands on me to be healed in Jesus' name. Praise God.
They were all so kind to me that I was astonished. It
was difficult for me to believe that they would b! e that way with a
person of "another religion", so I thought.
Sam showed such love and kindness to me and more too that I could not
understand why. I continued to go to church with Sam because of the
great joy and sincerity I saw in the people there and the Bible
became a book of God's revelation to me. By God's grace in Sam's life I
saw the love of Christ made real before my eyes. Sam demonstrated God's
love towards me too. It was this and the wonderful message of
God's love I heard at the church worship service that affected me most
deeply. After my third Sunday attendance in church, I finally concluded
that I MUST forsake my religion and put my entire trust in Christ Jesus
as my Redeemer and Lord publicly. Pastor Joseph Prince invited those
who wanted to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Without
hesitation, I raised my hand way up high enough to catch the attention of
Pastor Prince. It was the trning point of my life history.
It is impossible for me to describe the change that Jesus brought in my
life when I turned from everything else and put my living faith in Him.
I felt that a great burden had been removed from my heart. I
experienced the same joy that other Christians had. It became a personal reality
to me and no longer something I only saw and envied in others. Jesus
said that He came that we might have life and have it in all of its
fulness (John 10:10). Now I discovered what Jesus meant. He also gave His
authority to overcome ill-health, to receive so much of God's blessings.
Before I trusted in Jesus, I was frequently afraid of all kinds of
consequences. After I believed in Jesus, I did not care what would happen
and the things to come. Even though I had been a faithful Muslim for
years, I never lost my fear of lonliness because Jesus is alway within me.
I believed that Jesus Christ loved me so much, to die for my sins and
conquered sin and death by His miracullous resurrection, the fear of
what is to come is replaced by the love of God that "no weapon formed
against me shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17) I also came to appreciate that my
heavenly Father led me to know Sam because the Lord has something very
special for me. His loving purpose for my life became my main
motivation and goal. Sam and I were married in early January 2001 with limited
income to live and the abundant life in Christ begun.
My heart had previously been dominated by fears and to be loved, but
Christ cleansed me of these base and corrupt attitudes and replaced them
with His blessed assurance and love. I found that I had a great
desire to pray for my parents and siblings about the wonderful Savior
who became my everlasting Hope. My father had told me to remain a
faithful Muslim but I have my own choice in life and praise God He
enabled me to make the right choice. Now, I would arise on Sunday
morning with a deep desire to worship the Lord together with many others in
church where the name of Jesus is glorified and honoured!
Alleluia! My heavenly Father, God in heaven greatly loves me to send
Jesus to die for me for He (Jesus) gave all for me - He overpaid the
penalty of death for me (because of my sins) and Jesus is coming again
soon for me and all who takes Him as their personal Saviour. I am
convinced that no other endeavor in life could compare with that joyful
calling. By the grace of! God, He rescued me and lifted me up. I am deeply
loved, greatly blessed and highly favoured by God and that I have
nothing to fear because of what Jesus had done on the cross. It is a
glorious experience to have this certainty - to know that all of my sins are
forgiven - past, presednt and future and God will not impute my sins
against me (Romans 8:1-2)
Christ who died for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead. No
other religion knows a God of love such as the God who is revealed in
Jesus Christ. He loves sinners, not in the sense that he approves their
sins but in the sense that He loves everyone though He does not love the
evil things people do. And God's love is not just a matter of words,
for the Bible says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
In Islam I had no certainty and no peace. I was always in a state of
anxiety and frustration. But in Christ I have assurance and rest in my
heart. The most important thing to me is the love of Christ and the love
he puts in the hearts of those who sincerely believe in Him and know
him. True Christians love Muslims too. If anyone calls himself a
Christian and hates anyone else, he is self-deceived, for he does not truly
know Christ. The Bible warns against all of those who think that by
persecuting and killing others they are doing God service (John 16:2).
When I came to Singapore and became a believer in Christ, Christ has
taken care of me and so has my dear husband Sam. Since I came to know
Jesus I have found that I have other brothers and sisters in Christ all
around me - and many more all over the world via the internet. I left my
parents, brother and sister, relatives and friends in Indonesia but God
gave me a greater family in Singapore and in the
kingdom of Jesus Christ. In fact, God gave me far more than I lost. In
the gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that
is by faith from first to last, just as it is written in Romans 1:17:
"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith;
as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live." Jesus
who sits at the right hand of God in heaven, is my righteousness before
God, my heavenly Father. I am God's precious precious child now and I
am greatly blessed in Christ Jesus. I
hope my testimony will encourage all! to know that Jesus is the Way,
the Truth and the Life. To God be the glory for all He had done for us
by His grace. Amen!
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