I am a church leader. Whenever my state was not good, I always thought that only the leaders or some workers could help me solve it; if a brother or sister below had some fellowship with me, I never put it into my heart.
One day, because of some affairs in the church I fell into a passive state. When I was back at the host home, my heart still felt much oppressed. Seeing me languid, the sister of the host home came forward to ask me what matter caused me to be refined. I replied casually, “The church affairs, of course.” Then I went into my room, while thinking: You’re just a “host sister”; there is no use telling you the matter. You are unable to help solve my problem. However, the sister followed me into my room, and she comforted me: “When the church has difficulties, isn’t it the time God perfects our faith? In the past, didn’t you often fellowship with me that the Holy Spirit’s working decides everything? This is just the circumstance God arranges for you, and it’s the time for you to enter in.” At her words, my heart got a touch involuntarily. And then the sister opened the book of God’s word and fellowshipped with me while reading God’s words. After hearing her fellowship, I came to understand this: When these matters occur in the church, it is just the time God tests my faith and my loyalty, and is also the time for me to uphold testimony for God; I should initiatively cooperate with God. At that moment my heart was especially enlightened and felt no more oppression. Seeing my state corrected, the sister left my room.
Watching her back, I thought: How could she, a sister of a host home, fellowship so clearly today? It’s simply unimaginable! At the moment, I remembered these words of God: “The Holy Spirit not only works on some men used by God but even more works in the church. You will not know on whom he may work. … You will not know through what kind of people God will perfect you and will not know through what kind of people, matters, or things he will cause you to gain and cause you to have seeing. …obeying everything from God, knowing how to seek God’s will in everything, and knowing how to learn lessons in everything, so that your life can grow up. If you practice this, you will grow fastest.”
The inspiration of God’s words made me realize that it was completely from God that the sister took the initiative to fellowship with me. Because God knew that I was living in difficulties and did not know how to experience, the Holy Spirit worked on the sister and corrected my state in time through her fellowshipping with me, so that I could better throw myself into my duty. However, when the sister asked me why I was being refined, I not only failed to understand God’s intention, but I absurdly thought that the sister was only an ordinary “host sister” and could not possibly help me solve my state. Now, I know that the Holy Spirit not only works on some people used by God but even more works in the churches, and that God may cause me to gain something and receive something through certain kind of people, matters, or things. Yet because of my absurd viewpoint and arrogance and ignorance, I have lost so many opportunities to be perfected.
Thank God for correcting my absurd viewpoint by the fact. I have realized that the Holy Spirit guides man at any time and in any place, and the point is whether one can grasp the working of the Holy Spirit. From now on, I will seek God’s intention in everything, pay attention to the working of the Holy Spirit, and obey everything from God. Only in this way can I grow faster in my life, fulfill my duty better, and be perfected by God.
Dengta City, Liaoning Province