而在英語的經文中有三個詞非常重要，「in distress, in debt, was discontented」(貧困、負債和不滿現狀的人)，經文雖沒說明為什麼不滿現狀，但這群人就是不成氣候的人，一群販夫走卒。想不到，背後卻有主的美意。我們不得不承認，我們在很多人的眼中，都是些不成氣候的人。然而，我們深知有三樣東西，印證神是與錦光同在的！
From the cave of Adullam to Jerusalem
The topic I want to talk about today: "From the cave of Adullam to Jerusalem". "David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him." (1 Samuel 22: 1-2; NIV)
The background of the story is that King Saul wanted to kill David as God had dethroned him and anointed David as the next king. We can see in verse 2 that three types of people followed David. They are all weak from human point of view, nothing more than bandits and lackeys, all irrelevant people. There were about 400 of them. They sought refuge with David and submitted to be led by him. Nobody could imagine (not even Saul) that this group of people would one day transform from bandits and lackeys into a group of elite soldiers. Quite a number of them even became epochal military leaders. All that happened is in the hands of God!
There are three very important phrases in the verses: "in distress, in debt, was discontented". The Scripture offers no explanations as to why they are discontented, but they are all irrelevant people, and a group of lowly people. Little do we know about God's good intention behind all these happenings. We cannot but admit that in the eyes of many people, we are just some irrelevant people. However, we are sure there are three things which demonstrates God's presence with us.
1. Walk in the calling of God
Kam Kwong Church is a church of calling. God is present with us. He calls us to be here. In the past, I was the only person who shouted myself hoarse, telling you that we needed a larger church building. I need not do so now, as you can see that every meeting is filled to capacity. Let us all walk in the calling of God. He does not entrust the work just to me, but to you and me, as we are all called by God to come to this church. Don't say you are busy, there are many people busier than you. Why are they willing to come forward? They all want to walk in God's calling to fulfil God's predestination. We do not live for our physical needs, we live for the fulfillment of God's predestination in our life. Only by doing so can we have real joy and peace. As what the Scripture says, this predestination is for us to do what David did by walking in the glory of God!
2. Walk in the glory of God
Many pastors and preachers always tell me our plans are infeasible. However, by the Lord Jesus Christ who strengthens me, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) and the love of God, Kam Kwong Church overcomes impossible things every day! Some say it is impossible to ask people to come back to church to pray every morning, but we did it. Others say our hall is already big and commendable enough, but the Lord says the venue is not big enough and He will give us a bigger one. This is glory!
Before we stride into the Hall of Glory, the Holy Spirit tells us that we must have glorious leaders. I believe each one of you who are determined to come up here to the stage intend to covenant with Jesus to shepherd the Lord's sheep. I bless the serving cell leaders that you will become more outstanding zone leaders. We need even more desperately family pastors who have knowledge of life and God to lead God's people.
3. Walk in the presence of God
The presence of God has solved the multitude of doubts that come before me. This inauguration ceremony and particularly sharings of cell leaders on the stage are my answers to the various doubts. I sincerely wish that all the leaders who come up to this stage at different times can be steadfast and committed servants of the Lord. You will not be afflicted by the work of Satan, but will move up the ladder to become future zone leaders, family pastors or even outstanding preachers generation after generation.
I bless that the movement of the Holy Spirit in the church can flow freely and reach far and wide.