The Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, `Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city'. Acts 18:9-10
Paul was facing opposition yet again in his mission to spread the gospel in the heathen, worldy city of Corinth. Despite the presence of Silas and Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila, he must have felt lonely and threatened and, finding the Jews unreceptive and hostile must have wondered it is was all worthwhile.
Moving from job to job every six months, it is easy for us to get a martyr complex and keep a low Christian profile because we feel lonely, threatened and disheartened. It has certainly been my experience that every time I have timidly put my head above the barricade and witnessed for my Lord, as well as getting `sniped at', as Paul regularly was in Corinth, I have also made the acquaintance of other Christians. We are all so busy that we rarely chat about anything except our work and the most trivial superficialities. So we may not get to know other Christians until we are about to move on. Perhaps God means to form a fellowship of witnessing Christians in the palace where we work. Paul was encouraged to go on, not only with his secular work (v3), but with his missionary ministry, taking every opportunity of witness that God gave him rather than shrinking into anonymity.
Let us then be bold for God, remembering that Jesus promised, `everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven' (Mt 10:32), following this with a blunt warning that the converse is also true (v33).
:) reminds me of the cmg people that have been popping up everywhere. reccently my junrs are doing their SIP too! i see them everyday in the same ward haha. so glad to have them around!
today clare asked me what will i do if dont get it. i told her i will try 3 times and then accept it if that is God's will. that from what i can see, honestly the more experience you have the better doctor you are. i used to think that was just lip service by people trying to sound consoling but it really is true! she was like.... THREE TIMES?! lol
one year ago i would have been filled with fear about the future. honestly right now if you asked me btw residency interview, my last DIM call and starting GS, GS would be top of the list HAHA. what i didnt tell her in our 5 minute conversation in the lift on the way to our respective exits is that i believe strongly in the concept of five loaves and two fishes. ive been googling this 5 loaves thing & it's actually very cool. its not really just the usual oh i am inadequate and God saves me story, as i had previously been using it to inspire myself. like. God will multiply my loaves!! i have no reason to worry! well true, but it's more than just that. it's the story of when you surrender your gifts, however meagre, to God, that he can use them to work miracles.