Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Here is the Church

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like–minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." ~Paul, formerly Saul, killer of Christians, now broken in love and humility for the sake of one, Jesus Christ.

It was a great insight for me to watch this Haitian pastor zero in on a man whose family needed to turn from the worship of idols. I felt like I was standing next to Moses, this great leader, who was great because he was following the lead of his Maker. I could visibly see a communion as he quieted his spirit to listen. The other man was at first very shaky when the pastor asked if he could pray, but the pastor didn't give up. He kept asking, and then the man sat down. They all gathered around him and laid hands on him as he sat on the doorstep of his house. It was a breath of fresh air for me, seeing the church acting as she should, going into those dark places, beyond the walls of comfort and into the lion's den, praying for the sick, laying on hands, loving the lost and caring enough about the soul in front of them to intercede in genuine prayer.

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