From churches to conferences, it seems everyone is a Baptist.
I don’t think you can step into any Christian bookstore anymore and find more than half of all authors from the Baptist church. Then these incredible conferences they offer. I mean seriously who can beat their speaker lineups. Dang, it makes me want to become a Baptist only so I can start speaking with them!
Now don’t get me wrong, we moved to Tennessee from Colorado and I was born and raised in California, so the West is in my blood. When this girl moved to the South, let’s just say I learned quickly how many Baptist and Church of Christ churches there were. Then to hear about all the programs they have, missions work they do and amazing conferences, my husband and I were jealous wishing our denomination would stop and learn some things from them. I’m simply stating what so many of us Charismatic, Pentecostal, Holy Ghost people in the South are wanting to say, but don’t.
I grew up AG (Assembly of God) where we went to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night and where mom and dad had a home bible study during the week. Church was a way of life for me. Seeing people go to the altar, tears falling down their faces, asking Jesus into their heart. Where if you wanted to receive the Holy Spirit that it wasn’t an automatic through water baptism but through, possibly, someone praying with you to ask the Holy Spirit to come into your life and the way you knew you “got it” was a language that no one could understand but God Himself.
I grew up in tent revivals, around Azusa Street believers, Kenneth Copeland and going to college at Oral Roberts University.
I was saved, sanctified and set free.
So I guess my question is - is where are all those speakers?
Those that dare take a chance to stir people’s hearts, their spirits.
Where are they?
Those that are not ashamed to point people to Jesus not just through their actions but their words?
Where are they?
Those that are not afraid to ask from the platform “Do you know Jesus?” and pray with them as though it is just the two of you in that room.
Where are they?
Those speakers and writers that challenge you to look in the mirror and see how God see’s you. Maybe it’s beautiful, maybe it’s messy and dirty, but the message that has been delivered has you running to the altars wanting to have it all washed away.
We need more writers that are brave; that won’t hold back and allow God’s hand to control the pen as they write. - Tweet that!
We need more speakers that won’t sugar coat things with 5 steps to how to organize whatever it is we are organizing that week. We need voices that will challenge us and inspire us; that leave us with an encounter of God serving us Meat and Potatoes versus Milk and Cookies.
So where are they?
I’m not talking about those that have screamed their heads off getting their point across wanting us to say Amen! after every sentence or the one’s in the mountains that are handling snakes. I’m talking about those that when I read their writing or hear them speak, I begin to ask myself what is it that they have that I want? People that are living it, loving it and leading it. One’s that take the focus off of them and gives all honor to God.
Where are they?
I believe they’re out there. I believe God has each one of them pointed out for “such a time as this” moments. I think in the behind-the-scenes, God is allowing us to have a good time. Getting fat and sassy in the pews, sipping our coffee, meeting people we have never met before.
Then God will begin to ask us, no matter what denomination, “What have you done with your time that I have given you for Me?” Then we look around and tell Him that we are making a huge impact because I mean “Lord, have you seen all the followers I have and the retweets. I mean, man, I’m telling some really good stuff here.”
What if He asked again, “But what did you do for Me with the time that I gave you here on earth?” One might say, "well I read every blog post that I subscribed to and made sure I left a comment on each one to inspire them to continue on their journey."
But then His Holy Spirit asks the same question differently, “What did you do for Me? Did you obey me when I told you to hand that mom a $20 bill because you knew how expensive twins were and you offered to pay for her diapers? Did you pray with that woman that I asked you to pray with that just needed a reminder that I hear her prayers? What about the time your restaurant bill was $2.50 and you had a $5 and a $10 and I told you to give her the $10 and she looked at you with tears in her eyes as though that $10 was like a $100 for her?”
See, it’s not about how many followers we have or the conferences we attend or speak at nor the blogs we may read or write. It’s about what we do with what we have been given.
I couldn’t do life without the Holy Spirit; I need to hear from Him daily. I love having conversations everywhere I go with Him. No, I’m not crazy because in each of those situations I gave a little bit ago; I walked through each one and let me say this…It Was Awesome.
What is it…showing Love. Showing the love of Jesus by being His “physical” hands and feet. Those are the moments that God created us for.
Yes, I’m a God-fearing, Bible- thumping, tongue-talking woman but I’m not crazy. It’s just my beliefs may be different than yours and yours may be different than mine and that’s OK. The Holy Spirit may operate differently for you then He does for me, but what binds us together are the three things He has asked all of us to do - go out make disciples, follow Him and to show His love to others.
You just have to be willing to let His Holy Spirit set up each encounter and become brave.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
“We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.”― David McGee
“The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.”― Oswald Chambers