Four Kinds of History
Earlier this week, I visited the Full-time Training in Anaheim, a post-graduate program of Biblical truths and character training. It was Monday evening and Andrew Yu, one of their trainers, was teaching on the importance of seasons, or appointed times.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,
"To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven"
I only caught the latter part of the session, but I thought I would share with you my notes on the four kinds of history mentioned that evening.
According to the Bible, Abraham followed the Lord to leave his country and his people. By taking this step, he actually ushered in a new race and became the father of faith to the earthly and the heavenly people of God. By this seemingly small step, Abraham made human history. Actually, on the human level, there exist four kinds of people in society:
- Ones who have no sense of history and are not interested in history.
- Ones who study and pay extra attention to history.
- Ones who partake in history, who are in the midst of that history-making, e.g., eyewitnesses.
- Ones who make history.
Impressive, isn't it? Imagine if you could be a person who made history, but our brother, Andrew Yu, quickly responded to our gasps of awe, "Why, don't be so impressed. After all, this is still only the world history."
2. Jewish History
In 1948, the State of Israel was established. During The Six-Day War in 1967, Israel gained East Jerusalem. This is the history of God's earthly people, a continual sign for Christians to watch how the Lord is preparing the stage for His second coming (see Mark 11:14).
3. Our (Personal) History
You have your story. I have my own story. Our personal history is simply the old historical record of how we get to who we are.
4. The History That Counts
Concerning the aforementioned kinds of history, what makes any of them counts is whether God is in it or not. We need to know what kind of time we are living in today, where the world and Christianity are heading.
For everything there is a season, it is possible for us to miss opportunities! Not all times is created equal, there are, what's called, the appointed times.
Today, at this time we are living in, there's firstly a very desperate need to know how to experience Christ in a subjective way, a crucial need for the message of Christ as the life-giving Spirit being our life and everything so that we can live the proper Christian life. This is what the world needs the most today.
Secondly, the result of this proper Christian life will produce an expression of Christ as the new man. We need to know what is God's message in this age. God is not after a group of religious people, nor a sophisticated organization. He desires the testimony of the one new man. This is something that the world does not have. Outward Christianity cannot do this. Only people who are subjectively experiencing Christ can live in and as the new man.
Thirdly, the world needs to know that there is only one divine stream. The interpretation of history in its entirety is that history is actually God's move in the one divine stream. We not only need to know about it, we need to be in it! Being part of this one divine stream is worth our everything!
Honestly speaking, I need to further digest these notes. It's easy to only care for my own things, my needs, my personal universe. Yet in the end, everything doesn't count if the Lord is not in all these things. I definitely don't want to end up living in vanity of vanities.
LORD, grant me the revelation and the resolution of heart to live in Your APPOINTED TIME.
I don't want to miss it.
I don't want to miss it.