I learned a very important lesson in church recently as we were having ministry during a night service. As our pastor made an altar call, I passed a young lady sitting with a child in her lap with tears streaming down her face. She called to me and I asked he what was wrong – she said ” I want to go to the altar.” I think I experienced in that moment a major spiritual blindness to her plight. I could not understand why she did not just get up and go. I told her to put the child to lie down on the chairs and to go up. As were were ministering at the altar, one of the intercessors came down the aisle and led her by the hand to the altar.
I thought about that night many times, often berating myself for not being more discerning. As the Lord would have it, she came across my path some weeks later and I called out to her. I sincerely apologised for not coming to her assistance when she needed me and told her that I learned a valuable lesson that night. Thankfully she was very forgiving.
There are times when a person is in a situation and wants to move out of it. Oftentimes, the customs, actions etc are so ingrained in them that they find it hard to move from where they are – even though they experience and overwhelming desire to move. Sometimes conviction of our sins / sinful state does that to us. We come to a cross road where we become convicted or feel condemned. A revelation from the Holy Spirit of this state of being is what moves us to tears. Yet our response at this time is crucial. We can, like the young lady in my church, ask for help to move or, we can feel condemned. The condemnation often triggers a defensive response, of feeling judged unfavorably and pride causes us not to take the opportunity of salvation presented to us.
For those of us who have already accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we cannot afford to feel smug and comfortable where we are. The scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:12 “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.”
Remember also that Jesus requires us to be compassionate to our fellows and He demonstrated this throughout His Life No less is expected of us.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.