One of my favorite things to do while the students are busy in their classes is to go to the library, find a quiet corner, and translate the Bible. Well, it’s already translated, but I copy it down word by word! I take my Chinese/English Bible, a notebook, and the translator app on my phone, and together we have been dissecting the book of John character by character. I’ve been working on it on and off both during my trip in November, as well as this first month at Dandelion, but it’s a slow process. We’re about halfway through Chapter 2.
Obviously, you can’t spend much time in the Bible
without learning something life-changing and meaningful. But learning to read
the Bible in Chinese is even deeper in meaning because of each character’s
depth. Part of the way through Chapter 2, in the story about the water being
turned to wine, I translated the word “disciples.”
The first character is 门,
which is translated to mean “door.” It kind of looks like one too! But a door
doesn’t seem to have much to do with a disciple… The second character is 徒,
which is translated to mean “only.” Hm. Cool.
Of all the characters in the Chinese language (and
I guarantee you, there are a lot of them), the word “disciple” isn’t “Jesus
follower” or “group of fishermen” or “flock of sheep” or “bunch of people who
do crazy stuff,” it is “only door.”
Jesus told us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the
Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” He is the only way to
salvation, but… what is the way to Him? How can all the salvation-seekers or world-lovers
hear about true salvation and true Love?
Romans 10:14-15 – “How then will they call on him
in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they
have never heard? And how are they hear without someone preaching? And how are
they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the
feet of those who preach the good news!’”
God has laid out His plan to bring salvation to the
world. And that plan is through us. Through His disciples.
Is your life centered
around His plan? That is the definition of surrender. And only surrender to His
plan will lead to the most meaningful, purpose-filled, and God-glorifying life.