After the protocol of receiving and seating him, I cannot help but felt a bit nervous about not knowing how to converse with him; what to talk about. What helped me was Dr Cho’s humility, restful disposition and his smile. He was neither aloof nor distant. That put me at rest. I did have a conversation with him, thankfully. I had hoped to glean from Dr Cho’s personal walk with the Lord as His faithful and mighty servant.
I asked him, in retrospect, when he was young and early in his ministry in Seoul, what did the Lord teach him in ministry in such a way that led to the result of being the largest church in the world. He did not answer the question immediately but told of the state of Korea then. It was a time of poverty and lack. He then told me that there were two things that helped him served the Lord successfully. It took many years of the same thing but it did build the church strong and large as it is known.
The first thing was the message of hope. In everything that he spoke about in his sermons, he never failed to give hope in Christ to people. In Jesus Christ he found hope to live and was miraculously healed of tuberculosis. From that, he gave hope for all possibilities through the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of human impossibilities. He said we can always see hope in the Bible and the Gospel. People everywhere need hope. This message of hope is always relevant.
The second thing is to feed the people faith. We must use God’s Word to feed people so that they arise in faith. When he said that, I thought to myself, it is possible for us to know the Bible and yet not find faith. How is that so? The difference is in having the Holy Spirit shine on the Bible so that we may receive God’s Word with revelation for faith. Most of us would have heard of his testimony of how his church stagnated at 3000 and could not grow further. The Lord taught him to fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2Cor13:14). That one word changed his life and destiny.
I asked him if he is staying back in Korea more because of his age. He said, no, he is travelling more. He was in Kuala Lumpur for one reason: to train people in the 4th Dimension of living in the Holy Spirit.
I felt it was such an honour and privilege to be seated at lunch with this saint of God that has served His kingdom for half a century. He has impacted his city, nation and the world; and he sat with us. That was an awesome thought.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
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