“People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. Matthew 3:5 NLT
In this verse the people came from the city, the nearby country and the valley region to see and hear this messenger from God, John. It was the beginning of the moving of God on the people. The signs of the stirring of the Spirit of God are exciting when they begin in the church too. Those of us who have been in ministry for some time know only too well that it doesn’t matter how hard we try to stir people up and awaken their interest in the things of God, it just won’t happen unless the Spirit of God moves upon them.
It’s fantastic to see the breath of the Spirit blow across the church these days. People who have attended for years, who always seemed half-hearted in their commitment, have caught a new enthusiasm. One lady recently said, “I’ve got it! That’s twice in a row I’ve broken through. It’s only taken me 20 years, but at last, I’m getting it. I am finding God!” Again and again, as I’ve looked across the church, I see the joy on faces as lives participate more fully in the services and exclaim at the end that they wished the service could have gone on much longer!
At the same time, we are finding people drawn to return to church after many years. One morning recently, a woman felt the urge to return to church and followed that impulse to our doors. She enjoyed the service and said she would be back. We have so many visitors that it’s hard to recognise our church! My daughter-in-law said a few months ago that as she walked in, she knew this was her church and minister, but she found it hard to spot a familiar face.
As described in this verse, I would love to see more folks arriving at church from the city, the country and the valleys. You can feel the buzz of curiosity amongst the people as John preached. And you can feel the same excitement in the atmosphere of the church. One person, who has been coming to church for years, whispered to me on Tuesday night, “The meetings are amazing just now, aren’t they?”. I whispered back my agreement, hardly daring to say it aloud!
Can you feel the excitement contained in this verse? Can you feel the throbbing power of what God is doing in the church? It’s time to lay aside the petty things in life and refocus on what is important. Get excited about church and what the Spirit of the Lord is doing! It’s time to pray and ask the Spirit of God to quicken you.