Yesterday's worship experiences at a2 Church were simply incredible! Both the 9 + 10:45 am, respectively.
But at 10:45 am, God chose to “divinely interrupt” “our” plan with His plan, and it was breathtaking, amazing, incredible and unforgettable. Wow! Words fail...
Even as I write these words I still sense a deep awareness of God's presence. I'm also leaning into a word God gave my wife this morning through one of our prayer team members.
John 20 describes a remarkable event in the lives of some of the first century followers of Jesus. It's right after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It’s Sunday evening and some of Jesus’ followers were gathered together when all of a sudden, Jesus was standing with them in the room. He was there.
I’m certain His physical presence was every bit as real, if not more so, as what we experienced this morning.
Jesus looked at this group of believers and said, “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I am sending you.” Then “...He took a deep breath and breathed or blew on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:21-23).
Can you imagine what that moment must have been like? Talk about breathtaking, amazing, incredible and unforgettable? We can't even begin to fathom that moment.
But according to the text, one guy somehow missed this gathering of believers. Thomas failed to show up. He wasn't there... And sadly, he missed a moment.
Maybe he just got busy. Maybe he had some important things to do at home, on his old job, or with a group friends. Maybe he scheduled himself to work that day or had an appointment.
But for whatever reason, He missed a moment! He missed Jesus in the room! He missed Jesus saying, “Peace to you. As the Father sent me, I'm sending you...”
He missed Jesus breathing or blowing on the disciples, which is so similar to God breathing life into a lifeless lump of clay in Genesis 1-2. He missed Jesus saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
He missed what likely became an unforgettable moment for all the followers of Jesus who were in that room.
This morning’s experience and that passage from John 20 got me to thinking...
How many “moments” do we miss when we get “casual” and “complacent” when it comes to the gathering together of the believers for worship? Whether it's Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday morning prayer, a Life Group, you name it.
God may have planned or designed an encounter for us that would be a defining moment in our lives. But we missed it! And sometimes we may never get those missed moments back!
Please understand... I'm aware... All of us have busy lives. All of us need to spend time with friends and family. All of us should enjoy a vacation free from guilt or shame. I’m not attempting to foster an attitude of legalism about how often you attend worship.
But I also want to challenge a complacency that exists among many believers about gathering together with the body of Christ! When you’re not on vacation... When you’re not engaged in a life-giving activity with your family... When at all possible, make worship with your church family a priority! Make it a big priority!
Because you never know when Jesus may “call an audible,” and “divinely interrupt” your planned gathering, to “breath on his people” and say, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
I don’t want to miss a moment. In the words of Aerosmith, “I don’t want to miss a thing...”
In fact, I’m already pumped about next Sunday! I’m also pumped about Wednesday morning and Thursday noon Life Group...
Until then, this week I'll be singing my current favorite song:
“Your faithfulness will never let me down.
I'm confident I'll see Your goodness now.
I know You hear my heart, I'm singing out.
There's nothing that can stop your goodness now.
I'm gonna catch the wind.” —Jonathan David and Melissa Helser
Don't miss your moment!