Seeking and Finding Reality

I grew up in a Christian family, “going to church” at least three times a week. At the age of eight I recognized that I needed to receive Jesus into my heart, so I did. However, after this, my experiences with the Lord were rare and my growth in Him very little. As I grew a little older I became disheartened by seeing Christians who I felt were living under layer upon layer of rules and regulations, of things to do and not to do. I saw little enjoyment of Christ.

Leaving from home to go to college gave me some liberty to search for real joy, and a meaning to my life. I looked in all directions, doing many kinds of things yet not finding what I was looking for. During this time of searching I met Christians. By God’s arrangement, I met one man who really impressed me as having found the meaning of life. I wasn’t sure at first what he had, but I knew I wanted it. A few days later I opened up my whole being to the Lord Jesus and met Him as a real Person.

Following this experience my fiancée and I began to pray. Earlier I was searching for Christ personally, and now I wanted the corporate experience of Christ in His Body. Within a week of asking God concerning this, He answered our cry by our attending a gathering of believers who were meeting as the local church in Long Beach, CA. My realization was that this was that I had been looking for. I have been meeting with the believers in the local churches now for 26 years, and each day, month, and year finds me knowing Christ personally and experiencing Christ corporately in the meetings.

The ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee has been of immeasurable help to me over all these years. To me, their ministry has had only one goal: “For the equipping of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all arrive…”(Ephesians 4:12ff). These two brothers, standing on the shoulders of the great Christian forefathers, have opened God’s Word to me, bringing me further into the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).

I thank my God for His grace that He has given me a seeking heart to be finding Him as my reality and to be continually finding Him as the reality of the Body of Christ.

Stan Betz

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