Sunday, September 07, 2008

When Methodology Gives Way to Intimacy

A couple years ago, our family read out loud a most memorable book, The Heavenly Man. It was a simple testament to the power of God expressed through the life of Brother Yun, a dedicated Christian who has suffered much persecution from the Chinese Three-Self Government. We have just started to read a second book by Brother Yun, Living Waters.

The following excerpt is taken from the forward by Paul Hattaway that we read together this evening:

I am constantly amazed at the number of people [Brother Yun] introduces to Christ. Whether at airports, restaurants, or in hotel lobbies, I frequently find Yun kneeling on the floor and praying with a tear-filled individual who is opening his heart to the Lord.

Occasionally, I step back and try to analyze the difference between his soul-winning methods and those commonly employed by most Western Christians. I have come to realize that it has nothing to do with methodology at all, but everything to do with relationship. Yun walks closely with Jesus Christ, and it is natural for that intimacy to spill over to others around him.