WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life
MISSING THE TRAIN BUT GAINING CHRIST
It was nine o’clock in the morning. The 8:50 train had paused and left the beautiful station after all the passengers had boarded. One old station master had been working in the company for many years. After the exciting activity of the last train, he lay back to rest for an hour in front of the little garden filled with flowers. This was his reward for his hard work.
Suddenly there were some rapid footsteps followed by a man rushing in. His anger could as easily be detected as the redness on his face. Though his impatience and annoyance made him somewhat short of words, he was nevertheless harshly rebuking the driver for the latter’s negligence in waking him up to catch the train. “I was willing to pay you twenty-five dollars; I did not want to see myself missing the train. What should I do now?”
Of course, under such circumstances the only proper thing to do was to wait quietly for the ten o’clock train to arrive. But the poor man was not yet resolved in his mind as to what to do.
The station master was a kind and diligent person. He had met such cases many times before, and he knew what to do. He said, “The best thing to do is to leave him alone, because soon he will recover.” Therefore, he patiently waited, until the pace of the man’s walking on the platform slowed down.
Then he spoke up, “Sir, here is a comfortable waiting room. Would you care to come in and sit down?” The man turned and followed him into the small and cozy room. Outside the window were some climbing roses, and the air was clean. In the midst of the room was a round table with many tracts. These were little God-sent messengers for weary travelers. They were all appropriately designed and could easily attract people’s attention. The passenger was happy to have something to do while he was waiting. He flipped through the tracts, picked up one of them, sat down, and began to read it. By that time, the station master had returned to his little garden.
He thought to himself, “What a quiet day!” A little later he looked up at the clock and realized that the next train was about to come. Some passengers had arrived, and the ticket booth had opened, and they were waiting for the next train to come. The first passenger was still sitting in the waiting room reading the tract. It was a long article, and he was fully absorbed in what it said, to the extent that he had forgotten the time. The station master said, “Sir, the train is about to arrive.” He jumped up from his chair as one who just woke up from sleep and shouted, “The train is coming. Will you sell this tract to me? I want to finish it.” “Sir, you can take it with you. I am more than happy for you to keep it. A kind lady gave these to me, and I am sure she would be happy for you to have it.” “Thank you, and please thank her for me.” A minute later, the man was on the train.
One month later, the station master was on the same platform. When the train stopped, a passenger jumped out of the train car and stood in front of him. He stretched out his hand and said, “Do you recognize me?” “Sir, I still recognize you. You are the frustrated person who missed the train a few weeks ago.”
“I could have avoided that. But that morning though I missed the train, I gained the Savior. How wonderful was that tract! Previously, I was always busy with my business, and I had no time to think about God or read any book about God. But I could not avoid the serious questions posed by the tract. I wish I could have the time to tell you everything. But you can tell the lady who gave you the tracts that they have led me to the Lord Jesus, and I have done my best to buy and give away many tracts to others. I have never experienced greater joy.”
The sound of the train whistle interrupted their conversation. The old station master was happy at heart when he saw the train slowly leaving the station with one passenger glowing with joy. “One new creation created in Christ Jesus!”
THE WIND BLOWING
One day by a river, a man was angrily tearing apart a tract that another person had given to him, and he was throwing it into the river. The amazing thing was that the wind blew a piece of the shredded paper back into his sleeve. The torn piece had only one word: “Eternity.” The man was immediately reminded by the Word, and he was awakened to his own ungodliness. It turned him to “seek Jehovah while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Indeed, “the wind blows where it wills” (John 3:8).
EXAMPLES OF MEN SAVING OTHERS WITH TRACTS
AND BEING SAVED BY TRACTS
God has used tracts to save many people. Many people are saved through reading tracts. We can find many such testimonies, and many of them are quite miraculous. I know that some people push tracts into others’ homes through the front doors. Some put them in the mail boxes. Some pass out tracts to pedestrians while walking on the street. A pedestrian once took a tract and tore it apart. Another person picked up one of the torn pieces. The torn part spoke of escaping the wrath of the coming judgment. He did not understand what he had read, but he felt uneasy about it. Later he found the way to believe in the Lord, and he was saved.
A man once picked up a tract and immediately threw it away. Another person came along the same road. He was hurt by a nail which stuck into his shoe. To relieve his pain, he took the rejected tract, folded it, and put it inside his shoe as a cushion against the nail. When he reached home, he took off his shoes and began to read the tract. His reading brought him to salvation. This is what is meant by casting bread upon the waters. In time it will bear fruit. Such an experience of salvation through tracts is extremely common and even amazing!
In the last century there was a preacher in England. He only had one lung, but he was very powerful in preaching the gospel, and many people were saved through him. He preached the gospel for thirty-seven years. It was a common thing for him to speak to three or four thousand people in open air. He prepared over a hundred different tracts for use in all the villages and towns of England. Some of them were for bigger cities, while others were for smaller villages. Some he used on a train or on a boat. The result of these tracts was quite phenomenal. The tracts for trains alone totaled twenty-two. For example, one tract was entitled: “You Have a Ticket for the Train, but Do You Have Your Tract?” It was used exclusively on trains. Once while he was on a train, as the train was pulling away from the station the conductor asked the passengers, “Do you have a ticket? If you do not have a ticket you cannot get on board.” This tract distributor went behind the conductor and said, “Do you have a tract? If you do not have a tract you cannot get on board.” On that day, seven people believed in the Lord. He printed the tracts, distributed them himself, and preached with them.
Another person who belongs in this category is the author of the book, A Christian’s Rest. His salvation was the result of four people receiving and passing on tracts consecutively. The first one passed a tract to the second, who after being saved, passed another tract to the third. When the third was saved, he passed another tract to the fourth. All four were greatly used by the Lord in England. They were all saved through another one giving them a tract. These tracts resulted in four great servants of the Lord. These examples show us the effectiveness of tracts.
The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Set 1, Vol. 7: The Christian (5), Stories and Set 3, Vol. 60: Miscellaneous Records of the Kuling Training. Published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. All Rights Reserved.
GOSPEL TRACT TESTIMONIES
Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:13, 14