I have never experimented with illegal drugs. Of course I take the occasional over-the-counter stuff when needed and my doctor’s prescriptions. But I have not experienced the drug-induced high of marijuana, cocaine, and the like which sadly, addict many people.
But yesterday, I was on a high. But what a good one! Six people, precious in God’s sight, came forward at invitation time. Three of them seeking baptism! I shared the gospel with two of them yesterday afternoon. They prayed, believing the Gospel wholeheartedly, and received Christ as Lord & Savior!
Dozens of people encouraged me that the messages are hitting home. Even in the 2.5 hour Personnel Committee meeting, God gave me a sense that these people are passionate for excellence in serving God in and through this congregation called Balboa Baptist Church! That’s really amazing, huh!?
Forty years of experience in local church ministry has drilled into me another reality. Enjoy the emotional high of days like yesterday, but emotions DO subside. A coming-down always follows.
Jesus led Peter, James, and John to a mountaintop. An amazing meeting with God, Moses, & Elijah unfolds. The divine Jesus glowed brightly with the shekinah glory of God. I would have done the same thing as these three disciples wanted to do! They wanted to build a house and STAY there!
But Jesus immediately took them back down to the valley of reality. They encounter a demon-possessed man. Jesus healed him. Jesus confronts the disciples with their small faith. Wow, what a spiritual gut-check. (Click here to see Mark 9)
Now don’t get me wrong. I am still rejoicing in the victories! I am praising the Lord at 4:00 a.m.! Praise the Lord! The spiritual high is still real! God is SO good. God’s mercies endure forever.
I believe God took pleasure in His people yesterday. Many of you invested in these six persons’ lives through Sunday School, ministry, friendship, and love. You have been doing this for months or years before I ever came on the scene. I praise the Lord I got to see the fruit of your labor! You planted, watered, cultivated, and weeded. Fruit! Excuse my grammar but, “You done good!” God gave the increase and honored your labor of love.
I believe God adorned your humble acts of kindness with the results of salvation. Committees sort out the nitty-gritty details of church life behind the scenes. But keeping our eyes on THIS prize is why we do it all! This is the big WHY! This is the GOAL! This is the BIG PICTURE that keeps pulling us into the future with faith. We are to make disciples. Jesus said He would build His church.
Let’s marinate in what God has done! And then let’s get back to work.
“For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” Psalm 149:4