Read: Numbers 21-23, Mark 7:14-8:10
As part of the core leadership team, each week I attend a staff meeting at my church. We always joke that we spend more time telling stories than we do actually talking about the church and planning ahead. But we never view those stories as a waste of time because, as we tell those stories, not only are we knitting ourselves together as a team, but we are encouraging each other. And unified leadership is one of the first necessities of a strong, growing church.
This week’s meeting was a little different than usual. Since the first Sunday of the year, my pastor has been teaching on the book of Acts. One chapter a week. My grandfather, who was also a pastor, always said that if church got boring, he’d preach on Acts and it wouldn’t stay boring long. Talking about the move of the Holy Spirit in Acts got my pastor talking about the moves of the Holy Spirit he’s seen and experienced. For the better part of an hour, we sat around the table listening to stories of miracles, salvation, and redemption. Late in the evening, we all walked out of the church feeling not only encouraged, but expectant.
Reliving those moments of blessing is never a bad idea. While we can’t (and shouldn’t) live in the past, bringing those moments to remembrance can serve to create a hunger we may have lost along the way. They may encourage someone who has yet to have such an experience. They may spark something in us to seek a move of the Holy Spirit once more.
For the most part, people obeyed Jesus’ instructions, but not when it came to the miracles he performed. The more he did, the more he was talked about, and the more people sought him out. Reading a book about a miracle is one thing, but hearing a firsthand account is another thing entirely.
Has God done something miraculous in your life? Have you experienced an incredible move of the Holy Spirit? When was the last time you talked about it? Your story could be the one that changes a life. Don’t hold it back. Tell it.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
Psalm 73:28 (NIV)