We had a Sunday service on the mountain of Beatitudes . Jeremiah and Keity led us to sing. Tim and Dan gave short sermons on the topic of Beatitudes.
After that we had private time. I sat down and had meditation. There are a lot of archeological site-seeing in this trip. But how do they relate to our faith in Christ? What are the applications of these knowledge? I am glad that we had some time with Jesus alone, though I did not think about the archeological things.
I asked God what He wanted to tell me about my future ministry, about our family’s future. This is a prayer of my whole trip. God gave me a vision of establishing church through 1 Peter 2:5 fourteen years ago. I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision in these fourteen years. My team established a congregation of 600 in Hong Kong and a congregation of 60 in the mission field. But when I gave up all my career and ministry in Hong Kong to go to USA to equip, I face uncertainty again. I deadly want God to speak to me again.
I waited for God for fifteen minutes in silence and peace. But God did not speak to me as fourteen years ago. I took out my Palm and opened my Bible. The first two verses are Matt 16:18-19. Tim and Dan had just preached on Matt Chapter 4 and 5 and I read those two chapters with my palm Bible just 20 minutes ago. But the Palm Bible stayed on Matt 16:18-19 which I read yesterday when I opened it at that moment.
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
I know I am Peter (stone). I know God want me to build His church. Is it God reconfirm me? Or is it just my own wishing? my self-fulfilling prophesy?
And I asked God many times after I studied many mission theories, “Should we start a church by ourselves as we do it in Hong Kong ? Or should we train local people at the very beginning time?” Is this verse an special answer to me?
I can only say, I don’t know. Even at fourteen years ago, when God spoke to me in my young age, I was not sure about the will of God on me. Only after many years could I confirm the will of God on my life.
May God glorify His own Name.