Zeke Lam is a 27-year-old youth minister, evangelist, and missionary who followed God’s leading in 2010 and moved his family to Sugar Land, Texas. Although they knew nothing about the area, they soon met a church family that changeed their lives.
Writing subMISSION was another unexpected detour in Zeke’s life. In the book, he outlines his best advice for daily preparing yourself to be obedient to the Lord.
‘If you don’t prepare,’ he says, ‘one of two things will happen: 1) You will not hear the call, or 2) you will hear but not have the courage to obey.’
Zeke, his wife Kathleen, and their three children currently reside in Virginia.
What was the catalyst for the book?
I knew that the Lord was requiring more of my life. As a minister, it can be easy to get into a routine that causes our relationship with the Lord to fade. Although I was not in the “full time” ministry, serving Jesus was and is my life. However, the concept of serving, serving, serving had taken preeminence over my love relationship with Jesus. The book subMISSION is an overflow of my heart as I took the leap of faith into a life of full submission to the voice of my Savior. He asked me to pack up my family and drive to a place where we had no home, job, or family just to seek His face. We obeyed and His love and mercy instantly began to rain down. This leap of faith has changed the course of our lives. The catalyst of the book concerns the fact that submission leads to revival in so many ways.
Have there been other divinely led detours in your life and/or your ministry?
This trip to Texas was the first experience of that sort. It seemed absolutely foolish to everyone, but we knew God had given the orders. Major confirmations affirmed our step and now others are impacted by that journey. It was the first time we had experienced any detours in terms of our ministry work.
SubMISSION (Burning Lamp Media and Publishing) was released in December. Please tell us about the book.
SubMISSION focuses on the dire need for the body of Christ to operate daily with Biblical obedience. In other words, we willfully obey His voice and leading in our lives to the extent that we are willing to abandon any and all idols that separate us from the level of submission He expects from His children. In an era where compromise seems so typical, living a life surrendered fully to the Lord appears quite challenging. SubMISSION hopes to capture the simplicity of absolute surrender to the voice of God.
Is there one particular Bible verse—or several—that you point to in regard to the path to submission?
There are several Scriptures used in the text of the book, but the foundation passage is I Samuel 15 and the story of Saul’s disobedience to God’s command. Saul had one order: destroy all. For some reason he decided to insert his opinion into the Lord’s direct orders. This mentality is attacking our society today. We think we can have it our way as long as we do “most” of what God requires. This is a great error and sin that is costing us dearly.
What are some of the best steps a Christian can take as they try to walk the road toward complete submission to the Lord?
Be honest before the Lord and identify the areas of their lives that they have not surrendered to the Lord. A heart vulnerable to the Lord and passionately in pursuit of Him will prevail. Actively spend time listening to His voice through prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, etc. The last step is the most difficult yet the most basic of principles: Do What He Says! Surrounding yourself with Godly influence is critical. Total submission requires us to abandon this world and its influence to lead us astray. Total submission to the voice of God will position you for revival!
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
No matter the situation, I am a chicken eating fanatic. So in the good times and bad in terms of writing, nothing hits the spot like a trip to Chik-Fil-A!
This website features musicians as well as writers. Do you have musical, as well as literary, talent?
I do play the guitar so I cannot claim to have no musical talent. With that being said, I would not say that I am gifted in any fashion when it comes to singing. With me, sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t. I also have two years of piano lessons under my belt, but it has been so many years since I have played that I am not sure I would even remember my way around the keyboard.
If you were a song, what kind of song would you be?
I would be a fast paced worship song. Why? I love to worship and serve with every ounce of who I am.
Are you a major or a minor chord?
A major chord.
In the story that is your life, are you the tall, dark stranger; the romantic lead; the mythical warrior; the mad scientist; or the child in an adult’s body?
I would fall under the mythical warrior type.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
I do not currently own a pet, but the children and my wife are certainly urging for a dog. We love the yellow labs, so when the time comes (probably sooner than later) that will be our choice of pet. I did not grow up with any pets though.
Thanks, Zeke. It’s nice to have you as a guest at DivineDetour. May God continue to bless your ministry!
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For more information about Zeke, his ministry, and his new book, visit http://submissionministries.org/.
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