Summary: You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. - Revelation 3:17 One of the fastest growing Churches in the world is in China that they estimat ..
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. - Revelation 3:17
One of the fastest growing Churches in the world is in China that they estimate now around 100 million have committed to follow Jesus Christ as Disciples. The persecution has been strong and intense but that pressure has produced the urgency to share the Good News with many in China. One beautiful example of this optimism in the face of severe persecution can be read in one of the hymns of the underground Church: “In the dark night, flowers are more fragrant. In the dark night, footsteps are more determined. A journey in the dark, is close to its end. Remember to remain faithful to God!” Such a dark night of persecution is coming to many, even in the West. May we be of good cheer and leap for joy even as we reflect the character of God’s Son to others.
Sadly though a movement can be a great light and strong during opposition but when comfort sets in lukewarmness and giving into the world's joys and ways can stifle the growth and maturity of the Church. Such is now the struggle with Chinese brethren as affluence and possessions have become a major stumbling block to the younger generation. A brother counted as a Father of the Church in China warned his flock: “Little brethren, the Book of Romans tells us that persecution and suffering cannot separate us from the love of Christ, whereas Revelation warns us that riches and comfort will cause us to lose our love for Christ.” We can sit at His feet as He prepares a table in the presence of our enemies. May God find us with those faithful Churches that happily and with hope endured much for the kingdom of God, not allowing compromise and lukewarmness to cause them to drift away from being bold for His Name’s sake. The Great Shepherd of the sheep will keep us. Let us stay close to our Master so that none of these things will overwhelm us. These words should bring strength to our souls for the coming days and give us a desire to do the will of the Father.