Its been three years

Its been three years. I’ve been involved in different ministries before but I have never been as immersed as I am right now in a church ministry.

Its been three years…

Its been three years since I started serving in the singles ministry of CCF Alabang.

I remember the first year we re-launched the singles ministry and gave it the name B1G South. Why B1G South? Well, we just wanted to align with the name of the singles ministry in CCF Center, which was B1G, and we just want to be distinguished as the B1G ministry in the South, therefore the name B1G South.

The first year was exciting! There were too many things to expect and everyone looked hopeful about what the Lord can do. It was a time where everyone was on fire to serve. But as I have realized through the past three years, it’s not how you start – it’s how to you end and remain faithful.

True enough as the months and years passed by, slowly you’ll observe who are really those who are passionate about serving the Lord and continuing to run despite so many oppositions.

There were leaders who have said their goodbyes and I will forever be grateful for their heart of service. But there are those who have never said their goodbyes and just left. It’s sad. I hope everyone can give the same passion in serving God just like how it was when the ministry was starting.

crossroadBut the effect of time, failures, frustrations, disappointments, and a lot of other things can really leave a leader tired and worn out. At that time where he or she is at the crossroads of life, a decision should be made. Do you stay or do you go? Do you quit or do you continue to hope and run the marathon? By God’s grace, for the past three years I have chosen to continue to run, and have been trying to run well.

Was there a time where I wanted to throw the towel and quit? I would be lying if I said no. But what made me continue? What made me not quit? Honestly, I could not think of one reason alone, because there’s too many.

I love God too much to quit and exit saying “I quit because I don’t trust You, Lord.” I love the people that God has called me to serve that I cannot abandon my post until such time that I am assigned to another. I don’t want to look back and think what could have been. I want to look back and say I gave it my all – I tried to run the race as faithfully as I can. I want to continue putting my hope in God that I know he will always be faithful and true. I know my God is greater when I am not.

Its been three years…

I haven’t been perfect and there were times I haven’t been faithful to what the Lord wants me to do. But one thing will always remain the same. Throughout those years, the Lord has always been faithful.

My discipler asked us to write our faith monuments. Those times where you saw the Lord’s faithfulness in your life. As flawed individuals, we are very prone to forget. We can easily forget who the Lord is, and what he has done. And these faith monuments should be a reminder to you. When things get rough and you feel like quitting – don’t. Remember who the Lord is, He is faithful. Remember what the Lord has done, He has always been faithful.

This is one of my faith monuments. Throughout those three years, the Lord has been faithful. When he called me to start leading the ministry, I felt so inadequate. I had so many questions in my mind. I had so many fears inside.

I felt like Moses, saying to God “Me, Lord? Are you serious?” “I’m not even capable of preaching yet.” “I don’t know if I am eloquent enough.”

Exodus 4:10 – Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

 

I felt like Jeremiah, saying to the Lord “I’m so young Lord, do you really want me to lead people who might be older than me”

Jeremiah 1:6-7 – 6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak.

 

But I felt like Isaiah, saying to God “Here I am. Send me!

There was a conflict inside me, I was scared and felt so inadequate but I felt that this is really what he wants for me. The moment that I reject it and run away from it, I know dissatisfaction will just hunt me. So I said yes to the call and even went full-time after a couple of months.

Its been a year, since I started leading the B1GSouth ministry. Its been three years, since I served in this ministry. It has only been a year since I took over the role as the over all leader and being a leader is not an easy role. But to see lives get changed, all for the glory of God is priceless.

Its been three years…

I will forever be grateful to the one who has called me despite my unworthiness. I will forever serve the One who gave it all. I will forever sing praises to His name; giving Him always the glory He deserves.

Happy third anniversary B1G South. All glory to God alone!

B1G South 3rd Anniv

 

One more year before it starts with Number three

I believe that this is, by far, one of the most emotional birthdays I ever had. We (men) don’t really want to be too emotional, most especially if it’s your birthday. We want to play it cool and relaxed. But somehow, even yesterday, I was already starting to feel it. 

Maybe it’s because I only have one year left and still be true when I say I’m in my late 20s. Hehe. I don’t really celebrate during my birthday. I just want to keep it simple and be with people close to me, like my family. I can’t recall when was the last time that I actually had a big party and celebrated with lots of people.

But while praying this morning, I just realize that indeed, there is reason to rejoice and celebrate! There is reason to celebrate because life was given. In the goodness of our God and his graciousness, he chose to create us and give us life. And that life should be spent in a wonderful relationship with the one who controls the heavens and the earth. I was personally reminded that it’s really a joy to be given another year in life – another year to experience God’s goodness, another year to see his work in people and another year to encounter his grace and mercies daily.

I’m thankful I have another year to spend before my age starts with the number three. Hehe. I guess, I’m mainly being emotional because I’m really just praying and desiring that I would always walk closely with God and do what He wants me to do.

Success as I would define it is being able to faithful do what the Lord has called you to do. If I can have any birthday wish, I would want that kind of a success.

Thank you to all who greeted me today! Most especially to my mom and dad, for giving me a letter to remind me that I am loved and cared for. May God bless everyone and a double-thumbs-up-selfie for you guys. Haha!

Marc Sorongon

Not only During Christmas

It’s easy to neglect a lot of things. We’re so limited in our thinking that our focus can immediately just shift on the here and now. This is the month where everyone celebrates, some maybe out of wrong reasons and some out of the right ones. I am reminded of what I neglect a lot of times.

Christmas FiguresYes, it’s Christmas and we get to remember what the Lord has done for us. He gave His son to this world to die for our sins. That has always been the reason to celebrate Christmas for me. But why do we sometimes neglect this great truth and just really remember and internalize it during Christmas season. Isn’t it suppose to be a daily and regular reminder for us to be grateful of our salvation? Not only during Christmas.

As I read Hebrews 2, I really begun to internalize why Jesus came to be a man. He was 100% God and 100% man. How that is possible will always leave me dumbfounded. But that it what the Bible says. Hebrews 2:14 explains why:

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

Only through being a human being can Jesus die to pay for our sins. Shedding of blood (life) was needed for the forgiveness of our sins. Imagine that. The God who created everything, walked in realm of his creation. He walked the dirt that he created. He breathe the air that he spoke forth with, through His word alone. All to die for the sins of humanity.

Christmas should always be celebrated because of the gift. That gift, is the gift of God through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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