Joshua Phoong—Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Now it shall come to pass in
the latter days [that] the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established on
the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations
shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up
to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us
His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth
the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
All of us in the True Jesus Church
long to see the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy—that the church of the last
days will be a glorious church. We want to see monumental growth of our church
with the gospel spreading far and wide, touching the hearts of men from all
nations. We desire that many more can come to the true church to seek the Lord,
accept the truth that leads to salvation and eventually be among the chosen
ones of the Lord who will receive eternal life. Yes, this is indeed what we
long for and hope to see in our lifetime. But rather than just waiting for this
prophecy to be fulfilled, we can play a part in making it a reality.
We are reminded in Romans 10:14
that the people of the world cannot call or reach out to our Lord Jesus Christ
unless they hear about Him and believe in Him. Yet how can they believe in
Jesus if nobody preaches the glad tidings to them?
Hence, we must start to preach the gospel to all nations in a serious and
committed manner. This is a commission, which Jesus has personally entrusted to
us. For this reason, every one of us in the True Jesus Church must play our
part well, so that the church in the last days will truly be glorious.
SOW TODAY FOR TOMORROW
“Whatever a man sows, that he will
also reap” (Gal 6:7)—what we are today is a result of what we have done in the
past, for we reap what we have sown previously. More importantly, what we will
harvest tomorrow will be determined by the efforts that we invest today.
We thank the grace of God that many
of those who walked the path of faith before us have sowed abundantly. They
have followed the Lord’s instruction and have traveled far and wide to preach
the gospel. Jesus’ great love inspired them to live their lives no longer for
themselves, but for Christ (2 Cor 5:13–15). Today, our church reaps the rewards
of their past sacrifices; we in this generation of the True Jesus Church have
benefited from the seeds that they have sown.
Those who live for the world are
chained to this world; as their pursuits are that of the physical world, they
find it impossible to comprehend how we can exchange everything that the world
offers for a life with Christ and for Christ. Yet for those of us who have
tasted His grace and love, serving Him humbly and dedicating our lives to Him
is only a reasonable service to repay His love.
It is this love that moves us to
share the word of God with our relatives, friends, neighbors, and even with
strangers. It is this love that has allowed the true gospel to be spread, from
where it first started in China, farther and farther to various towns and
cities, provinces and countries. Today, the true gospel has reached about sixty
countries, covering almost all continents.
Yet if we examine the spread of
the gospel, we will see that we are only beginning to establish the truth in
most of those countries where the word of God has been preached. There are
still many more places that the word has not reached; there are countless
people to whom we have not preached. Do they not deserve to hear the truth? Are
we contented with what we have already done? What about the many other
countries of the world, more than one hundred, where the truth has yet to be
How will our church fare in the
future? What will become of the True Jesus Church? The answer depends on how
and what we sow today. We will reap what we have sown.
SOWING IN TEARS, REAPING IN JOY
Sowing is difficult, for it
requires much effort and demands great sacrifices. But Ps 126:5–6 tells us that
those who sow in tears will reap in joy. If we continually go forth in tears,
carrying seed to sow, we shall undoubtedly return with rejoicing, bringing our
sheaves with us.
It all boils down to the choices
we make in our lives: are we willing to sacrifice for the Lord and spread the
good tidings? Are we prepared to sow in tears? If we are unwilling, then we
shall have no part in reaping the harvest.
What then of Isaiah’s prophesy?
Will it still come to realization? We know that God’s word will never fail.
Consequently, this prophecy will definitely be fulfilled; if not through us,
then through others who are willing to take up the great commission.
Esther too was entrusted with a
great commission—the commission to save her people. When she was unwilling,
Mordecai reminded her:
“If you remain completely
silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise … from another place but
you and your father’s house will perish.” (Est 4:14)
Similarly, if we are not serious
about the commission that has been entrusted to us, woe will come upon us. God’s
promise for those who sow in tears stands firm (Ps 126:5–6). However, it is our
choice whether we want to be among those who reap in joy.
If we are already sowing the seeds
of the gospel, let us be patient. Just as physical seeds need time to grow into
a harvest, the seed of the gospel takes time to sprout and grow. During this
period of growth, we may grow restless and become weary. Yet consider the
farmer: just as he waits patiently for his fruits to ripen for the harvest, we
too must wait for the appointed time of our Lord. Therefore, as Paul
encourages, “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall
reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal 6:9).
As long as we continue to plant and water, God will give
the increase (1 Cor 3:6). Then the church of the last days will indeed be a
glorious church, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.