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Kingdom Collaboration

posted Apr 6, 2010, 1:01 PM by Elisa Lui   [ updated Apr 6, 2010, 9:06 PM ]

June 2008

Joyce met me in the hallway with a big smile on her face and blurted out, "Li just accepted Christ!" I don't know exactly what happened next, but I remember being in mid-air and screaming "Praise the LORD!"

Li is a college student from China. He started to attend our fellowship a few months ago when he moved to the U.S. Although Li never heard the gospel in his homeland, the Holy Spirit has been bringing him faithfully to both our Friday fellowship and Sunday worship week after week. Eager to help others, Li is always on the move. If you cannot find him washing the dishes or mopping the floor, he is setting up chairs and tables.

On Friday, it was my turn to share God's word. We have been studying the book of John and the scripture that night was John 14:15-31. In this passage, Jesus comforted his disciples by telling them the coming of the Holy Spirit. We spent a long time studying the role and the character of the Holy Spirit. We ended with an insightful discussion about the difference between the Holy Spirit and our conscience.

What I didn't know at the time was that Joyce, who is a co-worker of the fellowship, was really moved by the discussion and was hoping that I would ask the group whether anyone would invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in them by accepting Jesus Christ as their savior. However, I was not prompted by the Spirit to make such a request.

After the fellowship, Joyce continued to feel the urge to extend the invitation. When she saw Li afterward, she was compelled by the Holy Spirit to ask him, "Is it true that you want to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior?" The Holy Spirit indeed knew what Li has been thinking that night. Li answered "yes" without any hesitation or questions. Surprised by such a quick and simple response, Joyce hurried to find another co-worker, Simon, to explain the four spiritual laws to Li and pray with him to accept Jesus into his life. Another brother, David, who "happened" to bring an extra bible that night, gave Li his very first bible.

As Joyce depicted the sequence of events, I couldn't help but think of what Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9:

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers, you are God's field, God's building."

Joyce, Simon, David and I all had one purpose on Friday night, which was to show God's truth and love to those whom God had placed in our path. Each of us had different roles (plant, water and harvest), but ultimately it was God who changed Li's heart (grow). Isn't it amazing that God, the creator of heaven and earth, allows us to co-work with HIM in expanding HIS kingdom? What a privilege!