Holding a Feast unto Jehovah
A Christian life is really a feasting life, and the apostle Paul charged the believers to keep the feast (1 Corinthians 5:8). After twenty some years of being a Christian, I feel blessed to maintain this feast. Because the Lord is so dear and precious in my Christian life, I dont hesitate to testify of the joy and contentment of feasting on Him. This was what He desired His people to do when He delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, for He said, Let my people go that they may hold a feast unto Me (Exodus 5:1; 10:9).
Born and raised in a Buddhist home in a small country, South Vietnam, I was never taught who the Lord Jesus was and what Christian salvation was about. In 1975, the Vietnam War caused many of us to flee from our own country to wherever we could find a safe shelter. In my case, the U.S. Marines rescued me with other Vietnamese and brought us to America, a foreign country, whose culture and language were totally new to us. Because of being by myself, without family or relatives, and suffering from culture shock, I turned to God for help. At the end of 1976, I began to attend some church assemblies in Southern California, despite the fact that I had no basic knowledge of the Christian faith. It was around that year that I met some college friends who were Christians meeting with the local church. In early 1977, I moved in with some of these Christian friends and they introduced to me the basic knowledge of the Lord Jesus and Christian salvation. With their shepherding and care, I finally received the Lord Jesus and was baptized in 1978, and was edified in a local church in Southern California. After being saved, I was truly brought to a feast with my Lord and His people. I had been starved spiritually all my life until I began meeting with the local church where I began to enjoy my Lord as the real feast. Famine was over; a feast had begun. My life was changed.
Every day I read the Bible with the use of the ministry publications of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. Their ministry of the Word truly opened the Bible to me, and brought light to my understanding of the deep longing of our loving God. In these twenty some years, I have learned, and am still learning, to enjoy the all-inclusiveness of my Lord as a feast to strengthen, to supply and to sustain me for my Christian life. The goal of my life today is to continue in this feast, and the destiny of my future is to participate, if the Lord grants me mercy, in the marriage feast of the Lamb (Revelation 21:2; Matthew 24:10), feasting with the Bridegroom and His corporate Bride in the coming millennium. What a delightful and glorious salvation we have in Him! This kind of experience is truly the reality and the fulfillment of what was on Gods heart when He delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt to hold a feast unto Him.
I worship Him for loving us so much that He desired and planned in eternity past that His people should feast on Him abundantly with all of His fullness. He is such a rich provision (Romans 10:12) sufficient to nourish us throughout our Christian journey until He comes. As I survey all the blessings I have received in my Christian experience, I owe much to the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, and to the believers who shepherded me into this wonderful feast. May the Lord bless also those who are hungry and thirsty for Him so that they may also be satisfied in Him. Amen!