Finding a Real Meaning to My Christian Life
I will never forget my first direct encounter with Jesus Christ. It came one evening shortly before I graduated from high school. As I was preparing my speech for graduation, I picked up a copy of the New Testament for inspiration, and soon found myself drawn by the Lord to read some verses related to salvation. Much to my utter amazement, I sensed His presence in my room, and I began to pray to receive Him into my heart! Tears of joy were streaming down my face, as for the first time in my life, the guilt and power of sin were completely removed from my heart. I felt clean, really clean! I entered into a very sweet relationship with Jesus Christ.
After that, for the first time in my life, I went to my church with real seriousness, seeking something to satisfy my hunger for Gods Word to be opened to me. I left for college that fall with tremendous disappointment in my heart, because I did not get what I was looking for in all of those church services. I even left with the firm determination that I would never go back to one of those formal denominational churches. What I needed most was real meaning to my Christian life.
I first came in contact with the ministry of Witness Lee during my junior year in college at Ohio State University. Through the care of some faithful Christian brothers on the campus, I was invited to attend a video conference on 1 and 2 Corinthians, in Cleveland, in December of 1981. During one message, Witness Lee shared on 2 Corinthians 4 concerning the apostles experience of bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also might be manifested in our body. This word cut me to the heart. For the first time in my life, I felt the sharp, two-edged sword of the living and operative word of God penetrating my being to divide my soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12). I also began to see that the real purpose of God in saving me was to build me together with other believers into the church, the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23)! The Lord opened my eyes through this ministry to see the real meaning of my Christian life. By the end of the conference, I determined in my heart to leave my fraternity and move into a Christian house for college students, and pursue this vision of the Lords recovery of the proper church life.
Later in my experience under this ministry, the Lord Jesus led me in 1987 to go to Taiwan to participate in the full-time training in Taipei with a focus on preaching the gospel, and raising up new believers. I have never had such an opportunity to enjoy such fellowship with so many believers from all over the earth! The training in Taipei put something into me that will never leave me for the rest of my life: to love people, to minister the riches of Christ into them, and to shepherd them into the experience and enjoyment of Christ. I also met my wife during that training, and she received the same thing! Together now, my wife and I serve young people on a college campus. I feel my wife and I owe so much to Witness Lee and his ministry, which is fully according to the apostles teaching. My aspiration is to live in the same way that he livedwith one unique goal: the building up of the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem (Ephesians 4:15-16; Revelation 21:2,9-11).