If you knew me before, I was a very shy person. I didn’t want to mingle much. I wasn’t too good with talk, in fact I’m a man of few words – until now in some matters. I wasn’t this deep into my relationship with God before. I didn’t care much about my influence with people. So what happened? Someone showed me the way.
His name’s Dennis Sy. He’s my first mentor and will always be my ahia (big brother). I call him ahia Dennis because in many ways, he became a big brother to me. I didn’t always know how to teach people. I used to have no clue about discipleship. I didn’t have any idea what serving in ministry was like – until I met ahia Den. He changed my mind. I praise God for him.
It wasn’t an overnight thing
We get to meet every week in my highschool, Makati Hope Christian School (MHCS). He would teach me about Christianity and Jesus every lunch time. I listened and learned – I gained wisdom. Then there came a time when he invited me to their youth service (it was called Youth on Fire then) I had no idea what it was. But I did go because I had complete trust in him. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Discipleship is essential
Ahia Den discipled me for about 5 years. He changed my life. He would let me sleep over their house and I would see how he lived his life. How he was disciplined in his ways, how his relationship with God went. How he was a son to his parents, etc.
I saw his life and I was influenced big time. The Sean you see and know now is largely influenced by the life of a lot of people. Ahia Den is one of my biggest influencers in life. How you see me teaching and handling my disciples in fellowship and in the Word is how ahia Den handled and taught me when I was his disciple.
2 Timothy 2:2
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
And that’s exactly how it went from ahia Den to me. I followed him as he followed the example of Christ. I praise God for him. He changed my mind.