by Norman P. Grubb
Let us get back to Brother Thompson, giving up our rights. Iím talking high-up stuff. He brings it down to earth and reached right down to our hearts by his message on ďGiving Up Our Rights.Ē Itís all there. Itís all there. Identification on the other side means being of the same nature and outlook as the people among whom you work. It says in Hebrews 2:16, ďFor verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.Ē In other words, He took our very nature. He became exactly like a man. Of course we know that. So He exactly understands all that we go through. He went through it Himself. Amazing, isnít it, to think that Jesus, the Son of God, was tempted in every point. Think of that! Weíve listed off this week some of the points of temptation. Can we conceive of what it means? That Holy One felt in His body every temptation you and I have ever felt. Thatís terrific, isnít it? And He conquered every time. Thatís identification. Thatís identification!|
Until He took the last thing upon Him which was the agony of death. The only difference is that when we taste death of old, we taste it in bondage of fear. ďFor we are all our lifetime subject to bondage.Ē He faced death in the triumph of faith. Thatís where our identification is different. We are to be identified with the people to whom we go as far as we possibly canóin our language, in our outlook, in our way of life. But we take identification on with them in the triumph of faith, where they have it on in the bondage of fear and darkness. And weíve to break the way through for them by our walk of faith. So itís identification.
Now, I donít think we can be fanatical, or lay down laws on that. Again weíre under the guidance of the Spirit. Iím sure you agree with me that our job out here is not to bring little America to Japan, nor a little Britain to Japan; itís to bring little Japan to Japan. Itís to make ourselves, as far as we sanely can, identified with the people to whom we come. Now we must watch that. Iíve been a missionary and watched that myself in Africa. Now we must watch that. By what means without unnecessarily affecting health, and so on, can we be as much as we can, one with the people, even in our outer ways of life? I do think we should. We ought to watch our feeding. We ought to watch our clothing. We ought to watch our ways of life, even the outward things, to be as far as we can reasonably be identified with the people to whom weíve come. Let the Lord point it out, and our commissions differ; certainly our commissions differ. They differ in the different places we are working, in different types of work. But weíre here to be identified with the people to whom God has sent us. Well letís search out for ourselves how far we can be reasonably identified, and go all the way we can in this aspect of priesthood.
Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954