As a child, I’d hear from time-to-time a challenge or dare from a friend to try to prod me to do something that I was uncomfortable doing. One of these challenges was to dive off of the high diving board at our local swimming pool. From the perspective of a ten-year-old, that diving board towered ten million miles above the pool’s deep-end waters. To me, that seemed so impossible. So, for many weeks, I endured the taunts from these “friends” as they labeled me as being a great big “fraidy cat” or “scaredy cat”. To this day, if I close my eyes, I can still picture these kids attempting to pressure me to do what I feared to be impossible.
Often after completing a regional Ignite the Supernatural Conference, I have the privilege of preaching in the Sunday morning service of the host church. After preaching on the subject of the Holy Spirit, giving the altar call, and having many people baptized in the Holy Spirit, I have heard pastor after pastor comment upon how easy it seemed for me to bring people into this beautiful relationship with the Holy Spirit. They comment at how difficult it is for them to minister in this area. And, to be honest, as I hear their words, I can almost see an all-too-familiar look in their eyes. It’s that same “fraidy cat” and “scaredy cat” look that came from a ten-year-old boy looking at the incredibly high diving board.
Let me briefly share why ministering on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and giving an altar call for people to be filled with the precious Holy Spirit is so, so easy for me. ALL that is required of me is to share the message and give the invitation. The rest of the responsibility is upon God and the individuals standing in front of me. I see this in Luke 11:13.
to your children. How much more your heavenly Father
Luke 11:13 (New Century Version)
I tell about the Gift from heaven and then it becomes God’s responsibility to provide the Gift and the individuals responsibility to receive and open the Gift. And, Luke 11:13 tells us that God is anxiously awaiting to provide this Gift to EVERYONE who asks Him. Pressure? Are you kidding? This is easier than jumping off of a high diving board!
Let me tell you, it’s time to wipe the “fraidy cat” and “scaredy cat” look off of your faces. Sunday school teacher, children’s church leader, mid-week Bible club worker …. prepare the way through teaching/preaching and then boldly, confidently give the opportunity for the Giver to give His Gift to those children who ask. If you will do your part, then you can provide the opportunity knowing that God WILL most assuredly baptize ALL who ask.
One more thought … I did wipe the “fraidy cat” and “scaredy cat” look off of my face and conquered the high diving board at our West Columbia community pool. The high diving board became the highlight of the trips to the pool.