When will I ever get over myself? It was one of those mornings when I really didn’t want to hop out of bed and get to church. We arrived and obviously my heart was not right. That makes me sad. For crying out loud, I was going to worship the Lord, Savior, King of Kings with my fellow brothers and sisters and I had an attitude. Hello?
Please somebody tell me they can relate?
As I sat there with my arms crossed, my mind began wandering. The message was on baptism and my hard heart was saying I know that, I know that. Then somewhere in the midst of the message God pricked my heart. Hallelujah!
Finally the selfish scales fell from my eyes and I knew I didn’t have a clue. I needed to repent and be baptized (cleansed again through HIS forgiveness) for my selfishness and arrogance. As I begged God for forgiveness, I began praying for others who might need to hear the words of that message. God answered in a huge way.
One man had left the service early and God nudged him to turn around and come back. He was baptized and we all rejoiced. Then at our second service one woman came to be baptized. She said she was thinking during the praise and worship that she needed to be baptized. Of course, the message was confirmation! She was baptized and we all rejoiced! Another lady came and was baptized. We all rejoiced! Then just as we were fixing to leave a dear friend came to be re-baptized to make her eternity for sure. We all rejoiced!
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it – there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” Luke 15:4-7
Lord, forgive me for standing with the ninety-nine this morning and having my eyes on myself. Oh my, how I do need rescued! Thank you for the celebration of your good love, mercy and forgiveness through these precious souls this morning and their acts of obedience to You. I am celebrating with the angels in heaven. Amen.
We all rejoiced! Yes, it was amazing.