Pray that the Lord would use His recovery in the United States for the perfecting of the one new man that God intends to have in His economy (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10-11).
Eph. 4:22-24—That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Col. 3:10-11—And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
By the beginning of this century the gospel had been spread to every corner of the earth. However, God’s purpose was not only gospel preaching but the perfection of the one new man. Britain was not so useful for this end, so through the two world wars, God somewhat put Britain down and raised up the United States. It was through the United States that these two wars were ended. The First World War was ended through the intervention of the United States, and in the Second World War the United States was crucial in defeating the axis powers both in Europe and in Asia. All this happened under God’s sovereignty. Through these two wars the United States was raised up for the perfection of the new man. Today this country is at the geographic center, the crossroads, of the whole earth and is like a giant eagle with the two biggest oceans as its two wings…
Geographically speaking, the Lord has raised up a country for His purpose in the very center of the inhabited earth. As an American citizen holding an American passport, you may travel throughout the whole world, in the same way that Paul, as a Jew with Roman citizenship, could travel throughout the Roman Empire (cf. Acts 22:25-29). When mainland China was lost to the Communists in 1949, I could not sleep or eat well. I was very sorrowful over the loss of that country and hundreds of churches. But now, since I have realized the situation today, I am happy that I am here in the United States. To be here is much better than to be in my hometown in mainland China. We all have to give thanks to the Lord that we are in the United States, in the center of the inhabited earth for the perfection of the new man that God intends to have in His economy. (CWWL, 1977, vol. 3, “The One New Man,” pp. 487-489)
© Living Stream Ministry. Used by permission.