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Let no one despise your age

September 8th, 2015 Categories: pondering..., reporting... 6 comments

This weekend I joined the memorial meeting for a dear brother who recently went to be with the Lord. I was very touched by all the testimonies of the saints. The speaking was very rich and full of the fragrance of a precious life poured on our lovely Lord Jesus, because He is altogether worthy.

This kind of special meeting leaves you with the encouragement and aspiration to follow our brother’s pattern to be simply and absolutely for the Lord and to care for the church, His Body.

…Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.

Let no one despise your youth (or your age!)

From all the sharing, the things that impressed me most were related to his age. Our brother was already 70 years of age when he and his wife first began to meet with the saints.

When you are older, it is not easy to receive something new, and to receive it in an absolute way. It is not easy even when you are younger! But our brother was poor in spirit and pure in heart, and as a result what he saw in the ministry concerning God’s New Testament economy became a governing and controlling vision in him that directed the next 15 years of his church-life.

And then, what he saw, he practiced: spending time with the Lord every day to receive His fresh dispensing, diligently diving into the word and the ministry, speaking Christ both to believers and unbelievers, and shepherding those the Lord had placed him with, that they would love the Lord whom he loved. Instead of getting older, our brother was being renewed day by day! (2 Corinthians 4:16)

But be a pattern to the believers

So when I first met him, he would have been around 75, but you would have never known. Age certainly didn’t keep him indoors, or cause him to expect to be visited rather than to visit others. Our brother was always at the brothers’ meetings, seminars and conferences, and he had a strong, exercised spirit, and was very joyful.

From the one term of the training that I was in the same district with our brother, I remember he was always there early with the brothers to pray before the meeting. I also remember that he would fellowship with all the saints, irrespective of age. I also remember very clearly both his way of saying, “Praise the Lord!” and his, “Hello, sister Sarah.” How divinely human and how humanly divine. I certainly never felt that he was “old”, and from the sharing I had an appreciation for how “young” he was!

All ages for the Lord’s testimony

I loved the story of how a young couple moving to the area (this was just a few years ago) shared with him they would like their home to be open for the students. Our brother’s response was, “When? Thursday? Ok, we’ll be there.” (Even though he wasn’t actually being invited!) And from then on he and his wife simply joined the student meeting every week, not lording it over the students, but just being with them.

And it was sweet to hear the testimonies from the students who experienced that on the one hand our brother and his wife were parents and grandparents to the saints in the church life, and on the other hand they became companions, even with those who were more than 60 years their junior!

our brother

Our brother has now finished his course, and along with many others who have gone before us, he has left us a pattern of seeing the heavenly vision and not being disobedient to it (Acts 26:19).

Therefore let us also, having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, put away every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race which is set before us, looking away unto Jesus…

  1. September 8th, 2015 at 05:05 | #1

    Thx Sarah for this! What a fragrance of Christ! Such a precious, precious pattern and testimony. We feel honored to have known our Brother Stephen.

    • September 8th, 2015 at 13:54 | #2

      I had the feeling of being “honoured” too, to be at the memorial meeting and hearing all the testimonies!

  2. September 8th, 2015 at 10:13 | #3

    Thank you for this. I didn’t know brother Stephen well but I sure was at one of those Thursday night meetings! Lord, shepherd sister Gloria during this time.

  3. KC from downunder
    September 8th, 2015 at 12:43 | #4

    Thank you for the report and testimony. Regardless of when he began, how glorious that bro Stephen finishes his course.

  4. Jonathan yu
    September 8th, 2015 at 16:05 | #5

    Thank you for posting this. It was a privilege serving side by side with bro. Steve in Uxbridge. We will miss him.

    • Sarah
      September 8th, 2015 at 23:48 | #6

      Amen brother Jonathan. I am glad I could share the good report.

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