Something happened in church on Sunday. Some people think of service on Sunday as another tick on the to-do box so they don’t get anything out of it. I think of Sunday service as a time to recharge, a time to be fuelled and refocused, a time to get answers and clear direction.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t wait for Sundays to experience all of these. I make time each day to glimpse heaven. However, each Sunday I look forward to a personal and collective recharge and always, I glimpse heaven in the prayers, during worship, in the word and the fellowship.
So this past Sunday, my Pastor asked us a question, “Are you righteous?”
Oh, you should have seen the uneasy shuffling of clothes and feet. I literally saw some f olks take cover and sweat break out at the question. I could hear the arguments in the minds of some people and see the fear in their eyes. It was really the beginning of the end.
Then my Pastor smiled and with the smile came nervous relief. Just maybe he would realise how inappropriate the question was and move on to other things, hopefully less shocking.
Well Pastor Charles wasn’t about to back off. He went on to instruct those who claimed to be righteous to stand to their feet. More than half the church got up while the shufflers remained seated. God forbid their sinful selves declared righteousness.
My Pastor had a huge grin on his face as he asked those seated, “Are you saved? Have you asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life?”
They nodded collectively.
“Then you are righteous. You stand perfect before God. Of course there are things you still struggle with. I still struggle with certain things, there are things God is still working to accomplish in me. Still, it doesn’t change the reality that I am righteous. I am working towards what I already am. So are you.”
That was Pastor Charles’ conclusion and it’s mine as well. Another Sunday of recharge and I’m glad I made it.