FAVOURITE BIBLE VERSE
1 Corinthians 2:9 (AMP) – “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed]”
TESTIMONY (SHORT VERSION)
In short, I am Roshan. I was born and raised in India till I was 12 years old and then we moved to New Zealand. It’s the most beautiful country in the world, and I am proud to call it my home. My interests lie in Jesus and then in cars, motorbikes, computers and all kinds of technological advances. My desire is to live for Jesus and glorify Him in all that I do. To be a man after God’s own heart and serve Him faithfully until the end. This blog reflects my life’s choices, experiences, and thoughts. I hope parts of it would encourage you and be useful to you in some way or another.
TESTIMONY (LONG VERSION)
This version of events in my life is centered around God’s love for me and my love for Him. A bit about my life in India. Life was really good. We were well-settled middle-class family. We had helpers to take care of us, chauffeurs to drive us around town, fancy motorbikes, beautiful house and secure “government” jobs for my parents. Dad was working in the Gulf under one of the royal ruler’s family. The Sheik in-charge loved dad’s work ethics, and God greatly blessed all that dad did. Life was sweet. God has enabled him to do His ministry there, and that greatly blessed us all. Some of the experiences he shares with us time to time are amazing, and they always portray God’s way of working things out in our lives.
Later on in life, owing to my mother’s constant prayers of having all of our family at one place, God pointed us to New Zealand. He opened ways for us to migrate here and I can say with great gratitude that our lives changed for the better. It was not easy though. As a kid, It was my first time knowing what struggles were. From living a life of luxury to living “normally”. We had to start from scratch. Everything was new to us, from handling new currency to speaking fluently in English.
I remember people mocked me for the way I spoke. I struggled to adapt to the new environment, culture, food, and people. It took time; a long time to learn. My mother is a very prayerful woman always pointed me in the ways of God even in those very early days of my life. I’ve learned to pray simple prayers, and they’ve done me good; really good. They’ve helped me during my tough times in life. God brought people in various parts of my life to teach me lessons and to help me become a better person in life. Looking back at it now, these times did shape me to be the man I am today. They’ve taught me to rely on God for everything. They also taught me to fear Him but more than that, to love Him.
I was starting to enter my teenage years. It was all about being ‘cool’ in school. Peer pressure kicked in, and I started doing things to trouble others just for fun – It wasn’t so fun for them. Being tall had its advantages – I was called for almost every fight in school because they assumed I could fight. Little did they know that I couldn’t even lay a good punch (Just kidding…I was okay in doing some pretty good damage to the other guys). I started swearing because I thought that’s what being ‘cool’ was all about – to use filthy words to describe everything. My prayer life came crashing down. There was little or no gratefulness left in my heart for all the good things God had done for our family. I started taking everything for granted including my studies.
During these times, there were revival meetings being held in Auckland. After hearing the message, I gave my life to Jesus. I walked down the aisle and publicly accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. From that day forward, it was a 360-degree turn (just kidding!). It didn’t happen that way. It took time. I slowly started to pray again. I was very keen to talk to God. I started knowing what it means to be in His presence. I felt good and refreshed after spending almost an hour or so each day just praising Him in my room. I stopped all the bad things I was involved in (mostly fights), and my peers weren’t very accepting of this change. My ‘coolness’ factor with peers was going down while my ‘coolness’ factor with Jesus was on the rise.
I promised God that I would stand up for Him once I hit uni. But until that time, I chose to remain in the bad company of my friends. I just didn’t have the strength to leave their friendship. I was reluctant to accept big changes in my life. Part of me still wanted to hang out with my so-called ‘cool’ friends. My friends continued to enjoy life – drinks and parties. I was very much determined to live a right life. It was a hard choice to make, but God gave me the strength to stand firm on my decision. While my friends were partying, I was busy learning to code on the computer. The time I spent learning computers had paid off. By the time I started university, I was well-versed in most of the subject content. I was good at what I did.
Not only that, I was blessed to start my own software development company – Jonah & Associates and it’s still a great blessing to me. It has been a blessing to many people I know. All this happened due to a simple act of obedience to my parents – mainly my father. When children of my age were busy playing computer games, I was told by my father to do something useful. That turned my interest towards computers and software development. Looking back at it now, I can say that’s probably one of the best decisions I have made – to listen to my father’s words of wisdom. I can live comfortably and support my family because of that small act of obedience.
These days, I am always reminded of that Bible verse in Matthew 6:33 (NIV), “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. My parents have taught us to look for the things above while God would concentrate on blessing us with things below. He knows what we need even before we ask for it. I believe it’s an automatic thing that God does in lives of those who love him. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my walk with God, it is to love Him more each day. That has always been my prayer and will be forever more – to see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly.
God has blessed me tremendously in every area of my life, and He is continuing to do His good work in me. When I think about God and all He has done for me; only tears roll down my eyes. When God has blessed someone with so many good things, it is only fair for Him to see what I love – Him or His blessings. If you read the story of Abraham and Isaac, it helps you to understand my point. In Genesis 22:1-2, it says “Take your son, your only son, whom you love” but once God saw who Abraham has loved more, it says “Take your son, your only son.” God knew that Abraham loved Him more than His blessings. Likewise, my prayer is that I would be faithful in all His observances.
I would like to leave those reading my testimony with these simple words of encouragement. We were all on His mind when He was on that cross. To be able to think and realize that if He had to go through all that suffering and pain just for you or me, and to know that He would do it all again – Now that’s true love. The least I could do is to love Him back for who He is and what He has done for me.
To God be the glory…great things He has done and continues to do…
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