Yesterday was a great day. Celebrating the resurrection is always a highlight but yesterday was special.
It all started with one of our elderly men sharing with me his own story of life change. Before the first service this gentleman waited patiently for me as I finished a discussion with another individual and once I was done asked if we could speak somewhere in private. When we got to my office he proceeded to tell me how that on Tuesday morning of this past week at 4:00 a.m. he had become a follower of Jesus. I did not know that he wasn’t a follower of Jesus. On his own admission he told me that all his life he has been a religious man but that the last couple of months our teaching on Sunday mornings has clarified for him that following Jesus is not primarily about believing about but believing in Jesus.
I learned a lot from my brief time with him . . . things like
- It is never too late to experience spiritual life change
- No matter how many times you say the same thing . . . you just have to keep saying the same thing
- The Spirit of God is the difference maker
I wish you could have been with me in my office and seen tears of joy flow down a 74 year old mans face as he acknowledged Jesus as Saviour and Lord of his life. I wish you could have seen my tears as God used his testimony to reaffirm in my life the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And this is how I started my day!
Both of our services were packed. I have no idea how many people but it was a lot. So many visitors and it was my privilege to talk about how the resurrection matters because it means that there is "more than this". Our worship was dynamic. Having so many people singing helped but the design to our service and our focus on lifting Jesus high was honoured. As we always pray we trust that God was pleased with our gifts of praise to Him.
We baptized seven . . . all of their stories were impactful, showing all of us that the resurrected Christ changes lives.
God is good.