Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Messenger.

Let me ask you something...be honest with yourself for a moment. Have you ever looked up a church's website and decided to attend based on who was going to preach that Sabbath? Admit it, don't worry, I can't read your mind. 

I want to share a story that occurred YEARS ago when I was not married [just so you know, I've been married for 7 years now]. It's an embarrassing story that has been embedded in my memory til this day. It was a Friday afternoon and I was planning on spending the night at a friend's house so we could attend church together the following day. We really had our hearts set on attending Community Praise Center [CPC] because we loved the style of worship and preaching [we still love it]. We especially loved to hear Pr. Henry M. Wright preach because his messages were so powerful and full of the Holy Spirit. We went online to check who was going to preach at CPC. We did not want to go if Pr. Wright wasn't going to preach. After scouring the website, we could not find the preaching schedule anywhere! So, that is when we had the "brilliant" idea of calling CPC's church office. I got on the phone and a gentleman answered. I asked, "Um, hello, I would like to know who is preaching God's word tomorrow for the 2nd service?" ::DEAD SILENCE:: on the other end of the phone. The gentleman slowly responded, "Why does it matter to you?" I had the audacity to say, "Well sir, my friend and I want to hear a sermon from the senior pastor [Pr. Henry M. Wright]." ::MORE DEAD SILENCE:: Then the gentleman laid it on me, he said, "It should NEVER matter WHO is preaching the sermon because the Lord uses his man/woman servant to preach the word." As you can imagine, I had no words except, "uhh, okay, thank you." As I was hanging up I then realized who I had been speaking to the entire time... None other than Pr. Henry M. Wright himself! I instantly thought, "Tragame tierra!" Which in English means something along the lines of "I wish the ground would swallow me up!" Needless to say, I was embarrassed. My friend and I could not believe it! I remember we sat in silence and thought of what we had just done.

It taught us an important lesson that I still remember today; God's true messengers will always have a word from the Lord for us. It does not matter if it is the most solicited pastor, one who just graduated with his or her Theology degree, or the local layman; God will always have a message for us. 

~Let us look at the message instead of the messenger that way we do not miss a tremendous blessing.~

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