On the 20th to 21st January 2019, 50 saints travelled to Sekinchan for 2 days 1 night blending trip. There were saints from English and Chinese districts, young working saints, youths and children, some gospel friends and saints who are being recovered.
From the recent International Chinese Speaking Conference, we know that the Lord desperately needs the overcomers who are living in the reality of the Body of Christ. The saints who went are willing to give themselves to live in this reality.
The highlight of the trip would be our evening blending meeting at our lodging place, the Paddy House. After a long day of journey, tour and visiting some significant places, the spirits of the saints were fully released when we sang Hymn #845. The meeting was from 10pm to 11pm.
The Chinese Hymn, “the Story of Faith” (TS#837) speaks of the progression of believers’ experience of the Lord. The first stanza described our first encounter with God in the midst of the saints and the conviction of “truly God is here!” (1 Cor 14:25). This is followed by the realization where “God wants to come into me”—a deeper experience to allow Christ to make His home in our heart (Ephesians 3:17). We can just call, “O Lord Jesus!” and let Him in. The third stanza concludes with the union of the believers with the Lord, being one with God as a new creation. This is the story of our salvation.
Ephesians 2:21-22 says, “In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.” Through such a time of blending, every one of us has been made a living stone, Christ as the cornerstone, has also fitted us together into a holy temple. Locally, we are being built together in our particular locality; universally, our growth is unto the Head, Christ, for the building up of His universal church, the universal Body. Without being built up, there is no service. In order to serve, we must be in the Body, serving God as the priesthood corporately.
May we all endeavor to take the way of blending, learning to have a deeper mingling with the Lord in our spirit daily. The reality of the Body of Christ is our inner experience of the indwelling Christ.
“Such a blending is not social but the blending of the very Christ whom the individual members, the district churches, the co-workers, and the elders enjoy, experience, and partake of. The blending is for the building up of the universal Body of Christ (Eph. 1:23) to consummate the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2) as the final goal of God’s economy according to His good pleasure (Eph. 3:8-10; 1:9-10). (The Divine and Mystical Realm, ch. 6)