Seeing The Holy Spirit At Work
Sunday was a spectacular day at church. We participated in one the greatest events that any church is able to be involved in.
We had a baptism. Five, in fact.
Four teenagers were baptized at first. Two young men. Two young women. It was awesome to see these youth give testimony to the faith they are claiming.
What happened next was something I have never seen. We don’t adhere to a strict schedule. We might run early one Sunday or a bit later the next.
One lady who is part of our church went down to speak to our pastor following the baptisms. After a few moments, he told us that she wished to be baptized. At that moment. Unplanned. Without the benefit of extra clothes being brought to church.
So what did we do? We witnessed our fifth baptism of the day.
And we all clapped and hooted and hollered. After all, if you can’t get excited about people witnessing to the power of Christ in their lives, what can you?
Here’s what I have been thinking about for the past couple of days.
I grew up in a tradition where everyone followed pretty much the same path to salvation. We waited until the invitation on Sunday morning, or during a revival meeting, went down and shook the pastor’s hand, prayed a prayer and got baptized when all of our aunts and cousins could be there to see it.
This one was different.
The Holy Spirit spoke to this lady at church through the baptism and led her to be baptized herself.
I saw two things.
I saw the power of baptism like I had never seen it. I literally saw it totally differently than I had ever seen it before. And I’ve seen a lot of baptisms.
I also saw the work of the Holy Spirit. He spoke and this lady obeyed. It was an awesome experience for us all.
My point? Most of our church services are probably pretty much the same from Sunday to Sunday. Sometimes, though, the Holy Spirit has something else in mind.
Have you ever seen the Holy Spirit do something totally unexpected at church?