Not long ago, God’s family assigned me to water the new believers who did not believe in God before. After accepting the commission, I thought: These brothers and sisters who were once unbelievers have never read the Bible or contacted the matters of belief in God. Can they understand God’s word? I’d better fellowship less about God’s word with them and first tell them some Bible stories to help them understand and enter into God’s word little by little lest they be crushed by it. Therefore, at every meeting I only told them some short Bible stories and talked about the current situation and disasters, and I seldom read and fellowshipped about God’s word. Imperceptibly, more than one month passed.
Once I went to sustain a new gentile believer. Just before I opened my mouth to fellowship, the sister said, “I don’t want to believe anymore. I feel there’s nothing special about believing in God. It’s no different from the idle chit-chat of the unbelievers. Every day you tell me stories and talk about the disasters; I’m really fed up.” Hearing that, I felt very distressed and somewhat perplexed: I told stories and talked about disasters at meetings with this sister because I worried that she could not understand God’s word right now. I did so for the sake of her life, but how come it has led to such a result? I had a hasty fellowship with the sister, and then left her home.
After returning home, I still couldn’t figure out what error I had made actually. I had no choice but to come before God to pray. In my seeking, I suddenly remembered the work arrangement “The Gentile Believers Should Be Treated Equally As the Religious Believers,” which was distributed a few days before. I immediately took it out and read these words in it: “In leading the new gentile believers … don’t take small steps. In fact, they are the same as the short-time believer in Jesus. We should not discriminate against them or regard them as too ignorant.… If we do not keep up in the watering work, some of them may be ruined. We should seize the opportunity to supply them properly, making them feel God’s love for mankind, feel the warmth of God’s family, and even more feel that God is true and faithful. Only this is after God’s heart. … At the meetings, we must read the word of God, learn to sing hymns, learn to dance, and teach them to pray, so that they can sing and dance and enter into the normal spiritual living.”
Having read the words, I was suddenly enlightened. Actually, today the sister wanted to stop her belief in God and this was because I by my imagination considered her very ignorant and thought she understood nothing and so at the meetings with her I rarely fellowshipped about God’s word but only talked about the world situations and some Bible stories, all of which were unrelated to man’s life.
God’s family entrusts me with the brothers and sisters who were once unbelievers with the hope that I can promptly testify to them about God’s six-thousand-year work of saving man and God’s eager intention, enabling them to know God’s love and salvation for mankind and helping them lay a foundation on the true way as soon as possible, so that they can constantly grow in life and thus be saved by God. Although these new gentile believers had never believed in God, they also have a heart to thirst for the true way and seek the truth. Since God has chosen them, he will surely work on them to inspire and enlighten them. As long as I fulfill my duty to cooperate with God actively and fellowship about God’s word with them timely according to their needs, God will certainly lead them to enter into his present work quickly.
However, in performing my duty I did not act according to the work arrangement. Instead, I measured the brothers and sisters, who were once unbelievers, with my own imaginations. I thought that they knew nothing and could not understand God’s word, and so at the meetings I was overcautious. As a result of my taking small steps to water this sister, she felt thirsty in spirit and had no enjoyment so that she didn’t want to believe in God. If God hadn’t arranged this circumstance to wake me up timely and thus I continued such watering, I do not know how many lives of the new gentle believers would be ruined in my hand. Then how could I give an account to God in the end?
Only then did I realize that performing one’s duty according to his imagination is really not after God’s heart and really resists God. From now on, I will never again perform my duty by my imagination. I will seize the opportunity to water the new believers properly according to the work arrangements. I will testify about God’s intention to save man to every new gentile brother and sister, make them keep up with God’s footsteps and enter into God’s present work as quickly as possible, and help them lay a foundation in the word of God soon, and with such practical action make up for my indebtedness left before God.
Later, when I led this sister to read God’s word and sing hymns and taught her to pray as the work arrangement requires, she said gladly, “I’m willing to continue my belief in God!”
Zhuanghe City, Liaoning Province