November 6, 2019·tcotw
The headlines read that thousands gave their life to the Lord at the most recent Sunday service given by Kanye West, a famous former secular artist, who previously identified himself as a god. The services he now holds are not held in the four walls of a church or on a grand platform at the most sought out venues. They are anywhere and everywhere. They don’t look like what we’re used to seeing or hearing about, which may be why a lot of Christians are coming against it now. I have to admit, I was one of those people questioning and saying, “what is this man doing now?”
In John 5:1-18, we read the story of a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. “Jesus asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.’”
This created such an uproar that they wanted to persecute Jesus. How dare this man heal someone on the Sabbath. They were so angry that someone had gone against their law, they threw the miracle of what Jesus had done to the side, because their rules were more important. In John 5:17, “Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.’”
Let’s remember that our God is always at work, and sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in our man-made structures and rules, we forget the people involved. Don’t overlook what God might be doing.
Let’s pray for those people who for so long would not enter the four walls of a church, but are now giving their life to the Lord and looking for answers. Let’s pray the Church will receive them with open arms — by our actions and not just our words — to love, encourage and guide them to a closer relationship with Jesus. Let’s live out our faith in a very authentic and transparent way. Be blessed, family, and let the Lord continue to show you His miracles every day!
Pastor Carolina Majors