Rising up for the Lord – Nathaniel Tai (Faithful Team)

The Essence of Commission. I never quite fully understood this until recently.  This was a topic I wasn’t familiar with since I was young. Many older brothers and sisters said we need to walk out the commission, pursue the Lord together, and live out every day for the Lord, but I never saw how important this was. We always worshiped and though I could experience the Lord through prayers and songs, I never fully knew why we needed to pursue the Lord together. I understood preaching the gospel was important and drawing near to God was important but I didn’t know how older brothers and sisters shepherding and teaching us younger ones could be part of the commission.

That’s when an older brother asked me to become a coworker and tell a message in the split group on Sundays. I didn’t want to do it at first and was hesitant to accept, but with encouragement from the brothers in my group, I accepted the task. Slowly I learned how to become a good coworker from the older brothers and the recent Philippines trip. I learned from the older brothers’ examples and guidance; they also supported me throughout the message. Then at the beginning of this year, we had a regrouping. This was to allow the younger brothers like me to rise up and take up for the Lord. This time, I was chosen to be the leader of a group of younger brothers. I was even more hesitant to accept this time, but again, from the older brothers’ encouragement and personal talk, I was less hesitant. But I still didn’t want to do this task, and on a walk during my personal time, the Lord reminded me that I should rise up and do this for him. I was greatly encouraged by the Lord’s reminder. I had wanted to rise up more since the recent meetings were about the commission and how the Lord chose Brother Fish to do his work. I was encouraged by all these meetings. So I accepted this task of being a leader of the group, and with the support of the older brothers, I shared messages on Sunday and supported the younger brothers in my group.

Since then, I have been able to improve greatly. I have improved in sharing messages through experience and the guidance of the older brothers, and I have also improved my daily life and schedule, so I can be a good influence to the younger brothers. God chose me to be part of his commission, and I will choose Him back. There will be no regrets in this decision: my life ahead will be the most glorious for God. I will continue to improve and strive for Him.