Since my last post, many interesting things have taken place. And, I’m glad to say that they are all good. Now, mind you, some will scoff and say “Yeah, right…..” But, it’s all a matter of perspective. Is our view “horizontal”, or is it “vertical”? Are you a “half full”, or a “half empty” kinda person? I’m the first, and I’m looking “up”.
So, the title of this post is “Stirring the Waters”. Some may not be able to relate, some may. It’s a reference to a passage of scripture in the Bible. You can find it in John 5:2. In this passage, we learn about how those in need would tarry and wait for the time when the angel of the Lord would come and trouble the waters (stir-up). What’s even more cool is that the first one into those waters received their healing. Now, the important thing is that which we read in John 5:3. These people knew that this was gonna happen, and they believed it! They knew that God would send help, He would meet their need, and they would become new. It was as if it were a hunger, from deep within their soul that drove them to tarry and stay there. IN fact, we can see in John 5:5, that one guy was so determined that he waited thirty eight years! Now, most of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, give up on a red light after more than a minute.
Some of you may be wondering where I’m going with this. So, let’s go. For those of us who call ourselves “Christians”, yet never take the time to help someone into the pool; where are we spiritually? Now, I’m not pointing any fingers except at myself. I need to change. I can’t speak for anyone else. My perspective has changed. Oh yeah, I’ve invited people to church, I’ve taught one or two bible studies. However, God is doing something new, for me anyways. My eyes are beginning to look up, if you will. (I can just see some thinking now……) I’m talking about real love for my fellow man. The one in need, on the inside. Seriously; we are all hurt, lame, blind, withered or maimed in our souls from time to time. Ask yourself this, “Who has helped me when I was hurt? Who has fed me when I was hungry?” I’m talking about someone other than Jesus here, folks.
Currently, here in Hollister we are blessed to have Bro. Dunahoe with us. He is helping teach a “Bible Study” seminar. Wednesday was our first class. It was awesome! It left me hungry for more. Why? Because, I want to help someone into the pool. Now, yes I have taught the occasional bible study here and there. But never with a desire to help with the right motive. Selflessness. I was blessed to be a part of Soul Winner’s Boot Camp here in Hollister back in October ’08. What an awesome experience. I have never seen so many baptised in Jesus name before. Let alone in one weekend. Same can be said for the Holy Ghost part of that equation. Sadly, we can’t live on past victories. So, I welcome this new endeavor with a hungry heart.
God is doing something BIG here in Hollister. He’s stirring the waters. And, the people are waiting for someone to help them in. To love them. Disciple them. In John 5:10-13, we see that after he was healed, the man was immediately pointed at and persecuted. Yet, in John 5:14, Jesus found him in the temple. Even this man knew where to go next. What’s more, Jesus knew he’d be there. I’d like to think that love compelled him to go there. After all, rumor had it that was where you could find Jesus from time to time, right?
Well, I’m excited to be a part of what He is doing here in Hollister. I’ve included a video I made from pictures taken during SWB Hollister ’08. In it, you’ll see that He brings them, we help them into the pool, then we continue to help them. I know, that if 70+ were baptised in one weekend in 2008, right here in Hollister, according to the law of the harvest what can He do in 2009? Let’s help them into the pool!