Successful entrepreneur Daniel Laogan laughed at Christians until he realized how lost he was
Daniel Laogan was born in a traditional Filipino-Chinese family. Part of their tradition was to frequent Buddhist temples in Manila to seek the blessings of gods. “More gods, more blessings,” he quipped.
Success turns Daniel into a different person
Laogan had a wide circle of friends and never felt the need for God. Instead, he thought of himself as God’s gift to people by helping others become successful.
As pride crept, so did anger and bitterness. He became a slave driver and a ruthless boss. Like apostle Paul, he persecuted Christians who shared the Gospel with him. He was even able to make their lives troublesome.
A slave driver and a ruthless boss.
Death of a loved-one woke him up
The question, “What happens after I die?,” begged to be answered.
A praying friend
A friend shared a prayer journal. He saw his name and of his wife written on it. It melted his hard heart. People have been praying for the couple. In Laogan’s mind, “How can someone pray for a person who refuses them.“?
Daniel began to see his wretchedness. His Christian friends’ lives were in no way perfect, but they had joy and peace—he wanted what they have.
He wanted what they have.
Journey and transformation with God
Soon enough, Laogan joined a Christian Bible study. He began to appreciate his family and value people, especially those he has hurt. His journey of repentance enables him to live a transformed life, one day at a time.
Today, Daniel Laogan is a new person, justified by faith in Christ. The couple formed their own small group and dedicated their business to God’s glory.
“My greatest desire is to hear my master tell me, well done my good and faithfully servant,” he said.
1 Corinthian 6:9-11
“… do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.“