Its Time to Reveal Him

By: American missionary based in Asia
From: November 2008

To reveal Jesus to the people of the nations has become our heartbeat.  My wife and I and our three boys have been missionaries in the Philippines for the past 9 years.  We have had the privilege of helping pioneer a church, oversee an orphanage, teach in Bible schools and travel to several nations in South Asia. 

God was not done with us yet

Three years ago we were contemplating packing our bags and moving back to the United States.  But God was not done with us yet.  A new ministry opportunity opened up and we moved to the big city of Manila.  During this time of transition a missionary friend of mine started to give us CD’s, books and teaching material on the subject of grace.  I had no idea at first how my life and ministry would be radically changed.
The revelation of the grace and goodness of God transformed my walk with him into a life-giving relationship with a loving God.  I have discovered that everything I do is a response to what He has already done for me.  I love this quote by Watchman Nee: “Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done.”  It is only when I began to focus on what Christ had already done that I discovered that I had new energy and power to do the works of Christ. 

The unforced rhythms of grace

Years of trying to make something happen in ministry had made me tired and frustrated.  This passage from Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message Bible opened my eyes to a new and exciting way of living:  “Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Not only has the “unforced rhythms of grace” restored my joy, but it has also made me so much more productive in the ministry.  Everywhere I go I find people who are in the same boat I was, working hard and accomplishing little, tired and burnt out by religion.  But I have also discovered that when you keep the focus on the finished work of Christ, people will respond in mass.  It is amazing what God will do through you when you reveal Jesus and what He has done.

Making it easy for people to receive

Focusing on Christ and what He has done stirs up a hunger in people and makes it so easy for them to receive anything they need from God.  Faith for the supernatural comes alive when we get our eyes off of ourselves and focus them on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

“The revelation of the grace and goodness of God transformed my walk with him into a life-giving relationship with a loving God.”

I used to think that my main purpose in life was to imitate the works of Christ.  Like many well-meaning Christians my battle cry was “what would Jesus do?”  I have since discovered that I am not called to imitate Christ, but in fact to live in Christ.  Because of God’s grace we are not imitators or spectators - no, we are partakers (Col. 1:12).  We can enter right into all that Christ has accomplished for us.
Another result of the message of grace is an increase in boldness.  Heb 10:19 says “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.”  I now see and understand like never before that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, nothing can keep me out of the presence of God.  I refuse to let guilt and condemnation from past mistakes keep me from walking in God’s plan. Now I know, Jesus was condemned so that I can live freely and lightly.

What religion does to people

I have seen firsthand how religion tries to keep you from the presence of God by focusing on what you need to do.  I weep when people tell me that their whole lives they have felt unworthy or not good enough to have a relationship with God.  What a joy it is to tell people that God accepts them not based on what they have done, but what Jesus has already accomplished for them. 

The Bible comes alive!

I have also discovered that the Bible comes alive like never before when you look for
Jesus.  He is the scarlet thread that runs from Genesis to Revelation.  Grace has opened my eyes to see Him like never before, and not only see Him but enter into His life.  This is my calling as a minister of the Gospel - to let people know that the barriers have been removed and it is time to enter In.  What a joy to preach the good news!

The author is from U.S.A., but his name cannot be made known due to the situation in one of the nations he and his family are working in.
- Editor’s note