April 18, 2012

God's Work, God's Timing


I was interested to see an interview with the author of this book about Christianity in China, as my grandparents were missionaries there, with Grandad serving from 1933 until 1951 when they were kicked out by the new Mao regime.

One sentence from the interview leapt out at me: "From what I have seen so far, today's rapid Christian growth, most of which is happening in China's rural areas, is the direct or indirect result of the work of Western missionaries in the pre-Mao era."

What a wonderful example of God's timing not being ours. Grandad has been in glory for 11 years and Grandma for 17, and NOW we find out that the explosion in the Chinese church has come about because many humble, faithful servants such as them laboured and loved 60+ years ago.

It's also a reminder we are called to faithfulness, not numerical fruitfulness - it's the Lord's work, and He will bring in His harvest at just the right time.

"If Christ be glorified, then I am satisfied." (Grandad's motto)

2 comments:

Chris said...

I work for Voice of the Martyrs and speak with native Chinese Christians often in the course of my work. Many of them say the same thing. What a blessing to hear and a good reminder that the fruits of our efforts are often not seen seen in our generation!

PAUL TIMOTHY REYNOLDS said...

Thanks for your comment Chris, and so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Tom White yesterday. I pray God will comfort you all in your loss, as he continues to use your organisation for his glory across the world.