Ministry is built; loyalty and commitment are built. No one will ever commit something great to a person who hasn’t been tested and tried. Many persons seek to work with big companies, and multinationals – this is good, but many end up disappointed because they are not taken – it’s choked at the top. And in much the same way, many are seeking to work with big churches, big ministries and yet they are constantly disappointed at the roles they are given or how they are treated because there is no room for them.
And there is much here we can learn from David and his stay at Adullam – while in flight from Saul, David found refuge at Adullam, and there 1 Samuel 22:1-2, states that many people came to him – “David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (NKJV). It was from here, that his captains, his mighty men and leaders of men were raised. All the years of running from Saul – men were constantly joining themselves to him. And these were the people that ruled and reigned with him in the palace.
The Cave, not the Palace is the place of showing loyalty; the Cave is the ground of opportunities. Opportunity to serve, to learn, to defend and to constantly gaze into the eyes of your pastor. Here, he has time to teach you, to pour into you, to express himself; and here you watch as God moulds him into the fullness of His image. In the cave, you see his struggles, his nature, his mortality and you watch him set the vision in stones. Here is the refinery of God, and what a privilege to behold the making process.
Dear Minister, I wish you will get this truth – many ministers, and ministries are having their “CAVE EXPERIENCE” right now; yes it’s not an easy place to be. For Adullam is a place of discomfort and uncertainty, but you must stay with your David. You can’t afford to decamp, you can’t afford to run to bliss. Stay with him!
Dear Minister, in this 39th Letter it is my goal to drive in to you that God rewards faithfulness, and men also reward faithfulness. Going after big men of God, and pursuing big ministries will not lead you anywhere. Those places are choked already with loyal and trusted men – who have paid the price and who are about to be rewarded or being rewarded for their loyalty. Listen, the palace is not so much a place of trial, as it is a place of rewarding faithfulness and serving with those you know.
If I were you I will stay at the Cave, sow the right seeds, continually labour; and be grateful that I am part of God’s effort at building a work for Him on the earth. You know after all is said and done, you can be glad that you are part of those who helped ‘Your David’ to get into the palace. Here is the definition of true service, and here is where true greatness is built. The Lord grants you wisdom.
Your Greatness is Assured,