In the previous posts, we have emphasized over and over again that “a vital group can come into being only by a saint who is desperate and absolute for the increase of the Lord’s recovery. A vital group begins with one person. It does not begin with nine or ten persons; it begins with one vital saint.” (1993 Blending Conference Messages concerning the Lord’s Recovery and Our Present Need, Chapter 7, Section 5)
Once we have received this burden, we may want to start preaching the gospel and exhorting the saints to be vital. However, according to Brother Lee, the first thing is for us to contact another saint, one-on-one, in order to vitalize him or her. In Chapter 24 of Fellowship Concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups, Brother Lee says, “The first step in our action is not to contact the unbelieving sinners or our relatives and neighbors, but to contact the meeting members who are not yet vital. We need to pray and choose someone whom we can contact.”
While it may seem relatively easy for us to speak out in a meeting concerning the need of the vital groups, or even charging the saints to be vital, this may not have much long-term effect. Brother Lee’s view is for each of those who are burdened and vitalized to contact another one, perhaps starting with just one. This may seem small and cumbersome, but this is actually according to the principle of fruit-bearing or reproduction where the results grow exponentially. The exhortation from the podium is necessary (for example, all the audio messages posted on this site) but it cannot produce the vital groups without the grassroots movement, the one-on-one contacting and spreading of the burden.
Such a desperate saint would spontaneously contact others by the Lord’s leading and gain some companion or companions for him to have a vital group. A vital group cannot be formed by promoting or by giving a message or by exhorting the saints to form vital groups. A vital group can be formed only by a saint who is vital. By the Lord’s leading such a vital saint will find some others to be his companions. These will then come together to have intimate and thorough fellowship and begin to vitalize one another. (1993 Blending Conference Messages concerning the Lord’s Recovery and Our Present Need, Chapter 7, Section 5)
So saints, if we do not have a companion, let us pray desperately from today to get one. Without a companion, there is no way for us to start a vital group. Imagine what would happen if all of us will contact just one other person and make them vital! May the Lord grant us mercy and grace to carry this out.