Wang Ming Dao was a great leader of the evangelical church in China. His refusal to support the government church and their unorthodox teachings led him to be imprisoned for twenty-three years. All Wang ever had to do to be released was to join the government church or denounce Jesus Christ. He did neither. He once said this:
“I have no desire to do something great. It is simply my hope, in this world where truth is beclouded and where lusts of men have broken their banks, to be able to testify to God’s truth and to live out His life. I wanted to be faithful unto death; in my own particular sphere I want to glorify God; and I want to spread the fragrance of Christ wherever I go. It is not so much a large church that I want to build; it is rather to build up a church according to the mind of God. Two needs stand out in the world today. One is for model believers; the other is for model churches. My prayer accordingly, is that we may be model believers, and that ours may be a model church.” -Wang Ming Dao
In your own life, what does being a model believer look like?
What might a model church look like?
Not all of us will face imprisonment for our beliefs, but are there areas in your life where you might stand up more to glorify God?