Started drafting from 25 Jan 2012
My parents came to our church. From since I prayed in November 2010, really, God began to fulfill.
More than 1 year ago, my father went into ICU suddenly without any notice. Thank you all so much for all the prayers. He passed through the most difficult birthday (69 years old) on 22 Dec 2010, but one year had passed, and my father reached a ripe old age of 70 on 22 Dec 2011. He said he is ready to be used by God in his last few years. My father went into ICU from 17 December 2010, and came out of ICU only on 5th January 2011 into High Dependency Ward. He was finally discharged on 1 February 2011. After that, there were about a few months he rested at home for recuperation, and my mother came to church all these while. God made it so that some coworkers could come to hospital to visit my father in June 2011 while he was performed another operation to seal up the large intestines. My parents were very happy I was made elder then. My father sold his van, and relied on us to go to our church, and everyone noticed my parents were happier during these times.
Two months ago while Rev Zhishan was on the China mission trip, my parents prayed for me while I was taking the pulpit here in Singapore. On the day of sharing and while driving them to church, my father would tell me to relax, and my mother would comfort me and tell me to take the pulpit confidently because, even if I shared weakly, it is God’s word I am administering to His people, and I must share the Word of God without contempt. There was another time my father told me lead singspiration loudly and confidently just like Rev Stephen Tong. Even though the song is repeated, the fire of the Holy Spirit burned in the congregation just because Rev Stephen Tong led with convictions. For both sharing and singspiration, I received feedback from people that the two meetings were different. Their blessings gave me very great strength. With them by my side in the same church, I saw doubly how my parents’ blessings are quite different from brethrens.
Last month in January, I saw another side of my father as he became more confident and talkative. When I drive the car for the family around, my father would tell me to turn this direction and that. If I go the wrong way, he would nag, boast, and prove to me that his way is correct. Recently, I saw a movie “Everybody’s Fine”. I think people who want to know their father should go and watch this movie. The main character in the movie is a father. He always wants to boast, wants his children not to worry, still treat his adult children as children, and even when the children tried to hide things from the father to as not to let him worry, he can see what is behind them as his dreams tell him. His dreams are all about his children. He was not perfect, but his words made lasting impression upon their lives nonetheless. I think if I am a father, I would want my children to look up to me. If they do not look up to me, it is like losing my life, and they would lose their life uniqueness too. Without my parents being with me in the same church, I would never know that God created this type of parent-child relationship so wonderfully. I begin to know that there is not only two times more power of strength coming into my life and my church’s life, but 10 times strength descending upon us. Though sometimes my father / mother might not be so accurate in their gospel perspective or in this era of technological advancement, through the perspective that God made parents surely to bless their children, I begin to re-think more and more of their words, boast, and nags to me. As I continue to confirm, I really find the Lord’s wisdom in <Ex 20:12>. And I believe this applies even to non-Christian parents.
Recently, in the Chinese New Year visitation, I could see the Lord working mightily much more because my family went full force in recognition to spread the gospel whichever family we go to. I have never encouraged them before, but they were ready in the hearts more than ever, in fact, more than before in their previous church, to be witnesses in Christ. It is probably because of a family’s strength of co-working together.
In year 2012 and ahead, I am praying for how I can be an even better son to bless their spirit and body, so that they can gain crown through blessing us and all of 70/80/90/00 in this young Christ Life Church in Singapore. There is a mystery why though Jacob/Israel’s eyes were failing, he can see spiritually better than Joseph, who conquered the whole of Egypt with the grace of God. The fifth commandment is the first of the commandment that comes with promise:
<Ex 20:12> "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Having long life means two things: (1) Enjoy long life and prosper on earth, (2) Receive quality and lasting spiritual inheritance and insights.
Just like how Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had blessed their sons by prophecy, my prayers are for them that they can have vision and crown to bless this young church in Singapore with prophecy that we could not see at our age, so that the ends of the world can be gospelized. They are going through a wonderful process now in our church with an inescapable Emmanuel gospel culture.
And just now, to mark near the end of Yuan Xiao Jie (Lantern Festival) with a family dinner, my father told me that he passed a short message on a piece of paper to my mother during Sunday service today. It read “One has no children, one has not married; but I thank the Lord that one is leading singspiration, and the other one is playing the piano for the church”. My father might have some wise meaning to it by telling me, but I know that he is also beginning to apply the pulpit message very practically and lively to his own life already – Deacon Huijun preached, “We will have a lot of problems at home, but when we look to the Lord, all these problems will be gone in an instant.” Amen!