15 to 1. Yesterday was great. No matter what else was going on around your life and mine, it is obvious that God smiled on The Community Fellowship as 15 people chose to be baptized.
1 Corinthians 1:30 NASB
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
It is God that is changing lives all around us. He is even changing our lives. Have you noticed the struggles that so many people are going through? God is still at work, and there is more to come.
Each of these 15 people have a story. Some of them I have known for years. Others I have known a very short time. What is so very exciting for me is that 14 months ago we were having little impact on the Hispanic community around us, and part of yesterday’s 15 people were several from our Spanish speaking congregation. Pastor Miguel helped baptize these folks.
We are in this together. The church down the road and the one across town, we are all in this together to extend the kingdom of God. The business of our God is people. He uses the church, but the point has always been and always will be people.
What are you doing to make sure more people are meeting Jesus? This does make a difference!
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
My brother Steve sent me those verses last week. Powerful. Easter is in three weeks, and this is the time when we celebrate the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The baptisms we were part of yesterday highlight the fact that God is still working in awesome ways. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do next.
Prepare yourself for Easter. Share your story. Be part of what God is doing.