This past Friday afternoon I had the great privilege and honor of baptizing a person into Christ. She has been visiting our congregation for several weeks and had grown in her understanding of the Gospel of Christ so much that she was ready to make the decision to surrender her life to Him.
It was an amazing experience!
As I was about to leave the building, after everyone else had left, I noticed that a man and a woman were unloading their car and bringing something up to the door. I opened the door and asked if I could help them with something. They said, “Oh, we’re just donating this baby high-chair. We noticed that someone had posted a need for it.”
They were referring to our “People Helping People” board that’s in the cafe’ area of our building. It’s a place where people can post needs they have and things they have if people need them. Apparently, one person had posted a need for a baby’s high-chair.
This couple saw the post and responded.
After bringing the high-chair inside, they then told me that they were meeting one of our members at the church building in a few minutes for a mentoring/discipling session.
One of our members has been meeting regularly with them to help them learn the ways of Christ that could help them meet some challenges in their lives.
So, here was a couple getting help from one of our members and then turning around and helping someone else with a need.
This story reminds me that (1) the more my heart is open to Christ the more my heart is open to the needs of the people around me, and (2) when I invest in helping others know Christ, God multiplies that investment and “pays it forward.”
This story also reminds me that there is so much more happening in and through the Lord’s church than what we realize. Everyday, there are Christ-followers who are faithfully serving the Lord by serving others. And just because we don’t see them or know about it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
Because it is.
And I am grateful for it.