Today is the first day of the rest of my life! And life (especially eternal life) comes from the Son of God…Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross!
When I was a child, growing up in the church back in Illinois, one of my favorite Sunday School songs was “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling Thee Home”, by Fanny Crosby a blind Methodist hymn writer. My sister and I used to sing that song in two part harmony. We were pretty good, too, if I must say so myself.
Although, my family was Baptist, my sister and I and our father used to perform gospel music in a variety of other denominational churches upon their invitations. Dad sang bass in his men’s octet group called the Benevolent Gospel Singers. Their group was somewhat famous because they broadcasted for fifteen minutes on WDAN Radio every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. I remember walking down the dusty roads in our town, heading to Church with my siblings on a bright and sunny day, while listening to the 8-part harmony of the booming male voices of the Benevolent Gospel Singers.
How was that possible seventy years ago. Well I’ll tell you. All the houses along the street in the neighborhood had their doors and windows open to collect the warm summer breeze and as my family walked along the sidewalks towards the Church we could hear the voices of my dad and the other men blasting aloud from the radios of our neighbors all the way to church. The music would be coming from their homes. I want you to visualize 5 little children jumping and strutting along to the rhythm of the gospel songs. Happy as a lark. What precious memories I have of those childhood days. (And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come; and he who is hearing — let him say, Come; and he who is thirsting — let him come; and he who is willing — let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17)
You see, not only was God calling me from the rooftops, He was also calling me from the jitterbug floor of my favorite nightclub. As a young adult in Motown, one Saturday evening a few of my girlfriends and I went out for a night of dancing. We stayed out late and had a good time. The next day was Sunday and I had to be at church because I was the church clerk and had to read the weekly announcements to the awaiting congregation.
While sitting in the pew and awaiting my turn to speak, the Sister next to me kept turning towards me and sniffing me. Finally, she whispered, my sister, you smell like smoke! Fear ran through me and I started to tremble. (The night before, at the club, everybody was smoking cigarettes and that smoke was in my hair. Although I had bathed, I did not have time to wash my hair. My perfume and hair spray was no disguise! But what was more frighting, I heard a silent-still-small voice say, ‘You cannot serve two masters.’) Now I realize that God was calling me even then.
Okay. So I have been very transparent with my readers today and do you know why?….because what God was actually conversing with me was this message…Come as you are but don’t stay as you are.) You know the scripture verse: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I Corinthians 13:11)
Has God called you? Did you recognized His voice? Did you stop, repent, and answer the call? Can you recall a time when you missed it? It’s not too late. Just whisper ‘I surrender all’ and be joined into the family of Faith. May Jesus Christ richly bless you in your quest for eternal salvation.
Scripture Lesson: Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
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