Today I witnessed and shared the gospel with an old man, he told me he was 81 years old, thankfully I spent time learning some Chinese which allowed me to know what he was saying, even if it was very limited at best, yet the good thing was that even though the language barrier was as tall and wide as China’s great wall, there is no barrier to the gospel when it’s presented in such a way that they can understand – through tracts. China has been a real test for me, spiritually as well as physically. The demands upon me have been great because the needs are great, and along with it comes the trials we all go through, for me it is alone, not so much loneliness, but the fact that for right now I’m bearing a lot of the weight of this calling to establish myself among the people for a work that when I return, will allow me to become even more established among the people.
The truth is, China is rapidly changing, one can see that change from less than 2 years ago when I was last here, it amazes me how quickly a society can develop itself to build and create such enormous undertakings and still keep it’s culture in ling with its ideology. However, since being here this three weeks, the reality is, China is facing the same dilemmas the rest of the world is facing, social problems, morality, political corruption and unhealthy lifestyles, all of which brings me back to my original point, that although there is a gap between our culture (U.S.) and China, the truth is, the answer to what China is facing, and will face even greater within the next 20 years is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The simple gospel message which says God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes upon him shall not perish but have everlasting life, still resonates today than it did nearly 2,000 years ago when it was first uttered by Christ himself.
Our cultures might have its differences, people might be different, social qualms might be different, languages might be different, but the one thing that links us all together is we are all souls, and we will all dwell in an eternal place once we have ended our time here on earth, be it in heaven or in hell, the common denominator between us all is that Christ loves us and wants to share his greatest gift, the gift of eternal life to whomever will receive it – himself. We can be lost in translation, but the truth is, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to move freely, he will prick the heart to bring about a decision when the gospel is presented and hopefully it’s the right one. I can’t say if that 81 yr old man whom could not speak english will accept the truth that was given to him, only God knows his future now since he was given the gospel. But I know this, either way, he was given the gospel, told of Christ’s great love for him and should he go into eternity and perish, he will stand before God knowing that at some point in the past and young American man stopped by his side at a street crossing and shared the love of Jesus to him.
But I believe God allowed that man and I to meet on that particular day and that particular time to hopefully change a direction which needed to be changed, will he accept the gift of life Christ has to offer? Only God knows that answer, but I know this much, when the seed is sown, all we do is water it, but God will bring forth the increase. Yet maybe in the pages of eternity future, as I walk the streets of glory eons from now, I will meet a man who will look at me and he will remember me and I will remember him and together we will embrace one another knowing that he gave his life to Christ in the past to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I can only hope.