Not Ashamed -- Esther Cher -- Living Hope
Long-time GBC member Esther Cher, also known as Yoke Lin, shares her testimony of being not ashamed of the gospel with Grace News writer Heng Wen Xiu. The mother-of-two talks about the living hope she has in the gospel, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in her.
How were you led to Christ?
I was born and brought up in a Taoist family. I first heard about the Lord Jesus Christ from my older sister, Josephine Chan. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, she brought me to GBC at Kampong Silat to attend an evangelistic meeting. That very night I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. A neighbour who had also attended the meeting saw me go up to the front of the church for the altar call. The following Sunday afternoon, she came by my house to bring me to Sunday school at GBC. She said that because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I had to attend Sunday school. I thought that was the procedure, so I followed her. I have been attending GBC ever since then. It was so amazing that God used my neighbour, who was a member of Fairfield Methodist Church, to bring me to GBC.
Esther (second from left) with her husband (Richard), daughter (Pauline) and older sister (Josephine).
How has the gospel moved you?
The gospel is good news – the good news that I don't have to die for my sins because Jesus Christ loves me and has died for me. He took away my sins and bore them upon Himself. He died and was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead. He is alive today and forevermore. One day He is coming back for me. This is the living hope I have. I thank God for this gift of saving faith that enables me to believe and to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
How have you seen the power of the gospel at work in your life?
The moment I welcomed Jesus Christ into my life, His Holy Spirit began dwelling in me. The Holy Spirit gives me courage and strength to live out my new life in Christ, and empowers me to be an effective witness for Jesus. I had the joy of seeing both my parents and my mother-in-law receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour before they passed on.
What does it mean to you to be not ashamed of the gospel?
To me, to be not ashamed of the gospel means to share the gospel truth to whomever the Lord brings into my life, regardless of their responses. In other words, whether they receive or reject the gospel, or whether they believe or ridicule me, I should continue to share the gospel until the Lord takes me home or until the ones to whom I am witnessing pass on. It is God who draws people to Himself, so it doesn't depend on me. I am just an instrument the Lord chooses to use.
How do you hope GBC would advance the gospel and make disciples, especially in light of the impending move back to Mattar Road?
I hope to see GBC united and focused on the Lord. When we move back to Mattar Road, I hope that ministry leaders would not fight for space for their own ministry, but look at GBC as a whole and be willing to give up their space to other ministries that need the space more – all for the glory of God and never for the glory of the ministry they lead. Our unity and love for one another would be a great testimony of our belonging to Jesus. My prayer for GBC is that GBC would continue to shine for the Lord in the Macpherson Estate and beyond, and to shine brightly and not grow dim.
You can watch videos of GBC members sharing how they have experienced the power of the gospel in their lives, and are not ashamed of the gospel.
This article also appears in the print copy of Grace News.