I am Joey London, a sinner saved by grace. Growing up in a Christian family, and my father being a preacher, I was constantly exposed to sermons on how God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross to pay for our sins. At a young age God opened my spiritual eyes and made me realize that I too am a sinner and needed a Savior. As said in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was ten years old and got baptized a year later.
Surrounded by a family of believers, I grew up attending Sunday school, serving in the music ministry and other church activities as well. As I grew older and entered college, I continued to serve God in the church. But then I was exposed to the vices that came with being a youthful student. I wasn’t really involved with heavy vices, but I was living somewhat of a carnal or lukewarm Christian life. I then became part of a rock band, and would join drinking sessions at night, tried smoking, and through peer pressure, even tried taking illegal drugs.
When my father retired from the ministry in 2001, our family transferred to one of the big evangelical churches in the country. As usual I was always in church every Sunday, but that was it. I was always invited to join a small group, but would stop attending after a few meetings. In 2006 we attended an afternoon service in CCF St. Francis, and decided to start worshiping there in 2007. My usual Sunday worship routine continued, but never advanced to a deeper involvement with God much less with church activities or ministry.
I continued to live as a half-hearted Christian. I would still have the occasional evening drinking session with friends, and would even commit the sin of looking at pornography. My brother would ask me if I wanted to join a Dgroup, and my answer would always be that I didn’t have time for that, but the truth is I was not really interested.
In 2010 when my mother got sick, I fell into depression and went through severe insomnia. I completely lost my focus on God and began to think about the meaning of life. There were days when I would go to work and would think of killing myself. In my hopelessness, with my family and friends giving me encouragement, I started to seek God. My father shared with me Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” I went up to the prayer mountain with a close friend of mine, and he shared this verse from James 1:2-3, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” I am so thankful to God that even when I strayed from Him He never gave up on me.
My workplace is near CCF Alabang, so I decided to attend the Wednesday prayer night and that continued week after week even when I wasn’t feeling well because of my insomnia. God just planted a longing in my heart to really know Him more and be intimate with Him so I became part of a Dgroup at the start of 2011, joined the music ministry, participated actively in the Singles’ Ministry and enrolled in GLC Level 2 that same year. He also developed a passion in me to share the Good News of Salvation in Christ alone.
God is so good that He has healed me both physically and spiritually, and directed my life to be aligned with His direction. The enemy may have taken a foothold temporarily, but God used my circumstances for good. Now by God’s grace I am living fully for Him and serving Him, all for the advancement of His kingdom. To God be all the glory.