A New (and wonderful) Experience

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to present our ministry at a nearby church at each of the morning services.  While singing hymns at the start of the second service, a man’s blood pressure dropped suddenly and he passed out, hitting his head on the brick wall beside him.  EMTs were called, arrived quickly and while they tended to the man, the congregation worshipped through silent prayers accompanied by subtle hymns from the piano.  The Lord directed me to James 4 during this time to remind the congregation less about our ministry in South Africa, but more that our lives are a vapor, a mist and that tomorrow is promised to no one.  We have to evangelize our neighbors, our families, our community and the uttermost parts of the world and there is an urgent need to do so!  I tied it to my own life, where I’ve wasted much time and resources, but no more.  I’m going to make a difference with my life.  The Lord obviously had plans for that message.  At the conclusion of the service, the senior pastor returned and asked if any were unsure where they would spend eternity and three responded with raised hands.  The invitation was then extended to pray the sinner’s prayer and one of these three, a first time visitor to that church, indicated that he responded in praying for forgiveness of his sins and inviting Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.  Pray for that man, and for all three as the local pastor meets with each to continue the work of evangelism and discipleship.

As Saul wrestled in his blindness in Damascus, Jesus visited Ananias and told him that Saul would be his vessel (Acts 9:15) or his instrument to bear the name of Christ before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel.  Saul/Paul is the vessel.  Jesus is the power.  It’s the same today.  That man responded not to me, but to Jesus and His power, through me as his instrument.  Jesus is the artist, we can merely be His paint brush.  Jesus is the author, we can merely be His pen.  Jesus is the musician, we can merely be His trumpet.  God can use us, through His power, should be only allow ourselves to be used.