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 (Living Waters 1983 Volume 2)
Meditations of a Minister
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Min.  Meishi Tsai


"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void- and darkness was upon the face of the deep.... God said, Let there be light, and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.  And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Gen 1:1-5),

In the primeval creative process, God created something out of nothing, order from chaos and void.  He called into existence light to illumine the darkness.  God took delight in light and divided light from darkness.

The pleasure of God is our model.  We are the children of light, in this crooked, perverse, and sinful world, We must walk on paths of light and righteousness, following the perfect example of Jesus Christ and let the true light illumine all lives.  If we magnify the Lord and, if the Lord wills, we can live to do this or that, then we will be able to do what is good.  The words of God are the lamp to our feet, and a light to our path.  With His words richly stored in our hearts, we are able to know God and His will, the words of God are the guideposts for our lives.  Under the guidance of His words, our spiritual life can be nurtured and advanced.  In truth and spirit we will surely be worthy of the Lord and be able to bear all kinds of fruit.

To be sure, we are the light of the world and a visible citadel built upon the hillside.  We are a vessel unto God in which the Holy Spirit can dwell and reign.  We must not place this vessel under a bushel but upon the table, to shine through those who enter the house.  The light we shine is the reflection of the true light.  It will shine forth into this dark world and manifest the Word and the way of life.

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  Now the true light has already shone.  The gospel of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the miracles, and the divine hearings have come.  Would you also like to receive this light?


We are all familiar with the remark made by Jesus: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28) Human life is like a swift boat, a flying arrow, or an overnight sojourner at an inn.  And what's worse, life is a succession of worries, cares, and hardships.  Everyone desires to have repose, rest, and happiness.  The only way is to "come unto Jesus" for such a tranquil and blessed assurance, Why does one find rest in Jesus Christ?  He came to the world to release us from our mental and spiritual burden and from material bondage.  But some people fail to completely trust and deliver their burdens to Him!

Here is an anecodote germane to Jesus' invitation:  There was a man who carried a heavy load upon his back, toiling uphill.  An ox-cart came from behind and offered the man a lift.  He gratefully climbed on.  After some distance, the drive turned around and, to his surprise, the man was still carrying the load on his back.  The driver stopped the cart and said to him: "Friend, why should you bear your load?  You are in my cart.  You might as well put down your burdens and let me take them for you." God is almighty and is able to take up all your mental, spiritual, and material burdens.  The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross once for all.  If we do not trust Him and turn to His salvation, we fail His grace.  The Lord Jesus wants us to have genuine rest: a spiritual repose in meekness and gentleness.  If we take His yoke, we can then team up with the Lord as do the Palestinian cows that till the fields together.  We share with Him His divine nature and divine character.  Jesus is God Himself and the Word manifested in the world for redemption.  He is humble, meek, and compassionate.  In fact, the genuine rest is to lay down one I s burdens of life and to take up the Lord's yoke-His righteousness and His commandments.  The Lord has told us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Come, therefore, to the Lord, all those who are heavy laden!  He will give us the rest we need.