i received a copy of “the heavenly man” as a graduation gift from my pastor. having read a couple of paragraphs in the church library, i was intrigued by the story of a man who suffered a great deal just for being a christian in china. although i was moved by his faith and dedication in carrying the cross to follow Jesus, it was this part that left the deepest impression on me:
once i spoke in the west and a christian told me, “i’ve been praying for years that the communist government in china will collapse, so christians can live in freedom.” this is not what we pray! we never pray against our government or call down curses on them. instead, we have learned that God is in control of both our lives and the government we live under. isaiah prophesied about Jesus, “the government will be on his shoulders.” isaiah 9:6
God has used china’s government for his own purpose, moulding and shaping his children as he sees fit. instead of focusing out prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.
this spoke to me for obvious reasons.
it is frustrating, and it will prolly become increasingly frustrating as i move on in life, take on greater responsibilities and grow up. but i felt i was being rebuked all the same.
anyway, i don’t think i’ve been trained or prepared to be a missionary in any way. i guess my ministry will be here in malaysia for a good many years to come.