“It doesn’t matter what I choose, if God wants me to follow Him He will make sure I do.”
I told her I think God already made the choice, that’s why He sent us to her. Now, He’s waiting for her to choose Him.
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Light. idolatry. Truth. Lies. Openness. Blindness. These concepts have been bouncing around in my heart, in my mind, and now I see them in the world around me. I see each extreme in black and white, portrayed by the hearts of each person I encounter. And occasionally, I am blessed to see the gray tint of a heart that is so beautifully in transformation between the two.
As I prepared to visit the village of Sangla, just outside of Kathmandu, I asked many people to pray for open hearts and opportunities to share the gospel while I was there. And as I bounced on the back of the motorbike climbing the stoney path up the mountain, I continually declared the same. I had seen so many people in this nation with eyes veiled to the gospel, whether in ignorance or deception, and knew that in order for the gospel to be received these veils would have to be removed.
Isaiah 44 talks about the irony of a man cutting down a tree to craft an idol. Half the wood is taken to make a fire to cook bread and the other half is used to become a detestable object of worship. The final verse in this message says, “He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?’” (Isaiah 44:20)
The deception of the idol becomes truth to the one who worships it as anything contrary appears to be an outright lie. Paul says that the truth of Christ crucified is foolishness or folly to the Gentiles (1 Corinthians 1:25). Billions of people around the world, whether in a nation consumed by Hinduism or even those that faithfully perch on the second pew, have this veil over their eyes telling them that the truth is a lie and the lie is the truth. Many Nepalis hear us tell them that Jesus is the only way to attain salvation and they apathetically bobble their heads left and right as if to say “yeah, right.” and they walk over to the corner temple to pay homage to Shiva, the blue six-armed god of destruction.
Is there hope for these? Will their eyes ever be opened to the true truth?
As I stood on the side of the mountain in that village and told that Nepali woman that she was at the point of decision, I knew that if a veil remained over her eyes she would simply shrug off the moment and provide another excuse why now was not the time for Jesus. Yet, to my surprise, she agreed. Like a door cracked open to a bright room, I could see hungry eyes peeking from behind the veil.
She wasn’t the only one. We walked from home to home down the mountain and were met with beaming smiles and perked ears. As we went we carefully tested the soil and generously scattered seed where it was quickly absorbed.
“I think this is good.”
“This is truth.”
Is the work there done? By no means! Is the village now Christian, not necessarily. There is still much watering and growing before a harvest will be seen. Veils of lies must continue to be cast aside to allow the truth to come in. But that day I saw the power of prayer paving the way. I saw the reality of spiritual blindness and how the power of the Holy Spirit can overcome it. I saw the truth take victory over deceit. I saw the light permeate the darkness and break strongholds.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5