Moments of Change
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
There are always moments that remain with you throughout your life. At the time they may not seem as God given but, the lesson learned becomes impressed into more than just your mind, they become indwelling. That critical event or word that changes your life and your lifestyle.
My father and mother were God fearing people, most people would call them religious. There were practices that needed to be adhered to. Go to Church, read the Bible, tithe, say grace before meals, dress appropriate, don’t shop on Sunday. Looking back, I see now it was more than only the ritual.
I was raised in Church, baptized, confirmed, the whole 9 yards ritual. At the time, it didn’t seem to stick. Basically I was the typical young man. I rebelled, dropped out. I still believed there was a God and could ‘argue’ religion with the best of atheists.
2 Timothy 3:15 – “and that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures….”
Moving ahead several years. My 12 year old daughter one day asked, “Why don’t we go to church?”. Click, “a moment”. The following Sunday, we were off to church and although there were two other churches closer, we were led to one particular Church. I know now that it was God’s doing. The whole family were able to fit in perfectly. We were more than welcomed, they made us feel we belonged.
It was Pentecost Sunday 1984, that the infilling of the Holy Spirit came upon me. When the preacher laid his hands on me, I knew, the preacher knew, the whole congregation seemed to know – for me, this was “a moment”. A couple whom, I realize now, had taken me and my family on as their prayer mission, at the very moment, jumped up, praised the Lord with a loud “Hallelujah”, and scrambled over to hug us all. Prayer and praise took on a whole different meaning, -became a reality.
John 3:6-8 – “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
My life changed, my family’s lives changed. Except for one thing – my conduct outside of Church and family.
Early one morning, at Granny’s house for a family reunion, before everyone rose, just myself and my older sister’s husband who was a ‘self confirmed’ athiest, objected to something I had said the night before with, “You’re not in church now.”
My only comeback was, “I am always in Church”.
Upon those words coming out of my mouth, I knew. Another Holy Spirit “moment”. Every thing I do reflects my relationship with Christ. Everything I say is a testament to Christ in my life. I am Christian – I am Christ’s. I am no longer my own. I am an agent of God’s love and a vessel of His peace. I am in “Church” always.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 – So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”