In June of 1944, a group of believers formed First Baptist Church of Port Allen. In June of 1999, our church relocated to our present location on Rebelle Lane.
As we celebrated our 70th Anniversary, one of the guest preachers pointed out that we can either be a roadblock to God’s work or we can be a channel of blessing for God to work through.
Channels, at least when we think about channels that allow something to flow through them, are best used when they are free from obstacles.
Spiritual channels are the same way. When we allow sin in our lives, that sin is a hindrance to the work of God in our lives. However, the promises of the Word of God are true, and in reading 1 John 1:9, I read that God will forgive us when we confess our sins.
Not only does He forgive us, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
That is a great truth, a great promise to claim from the Word of God, and as I think about being a channel or a roadblock, I see how this has applied to my life.
Think with me if you will about two other channels. The first is the mighty Mississippi River that flows right beside our parish. The strong current, the width of the river, the boats moving on it, can be a glorious sight.
Many of us would love to think that is a picture of the spiritual channel that we are, influencing thousands of people for God, and while there are people like that, I am also reminded of another channel.
One day, in the woods, I came across a small stream. The peaceful sound of that stream was so relaxing, I could have stayed for much longer than I did. If I needed a rest, I might try and make my way back there instead of on top of the levee because of the peaceful sound of the water tripping over the rocks and roots in the channel.
I sometimes feel that God allows the remnants of past problems, not the remnants of sin, but the remnants of the problems to remain in our lives as a reminder of His grace and mercy. Then as He pours his blessing through our channels, those blessings tripping over the remnants of the problems, like losing a loved one, or job troubles or any myriad of other things, will bring peace to others and they will see that all is not lost.
Maybe we are more like that small stream, bringing comfort to just a few at a time. Let God use your life to be a channel of blessing to others, comforting them and pointing them to a relationship with God that is eternal.
If you are not plugged in to a church, we would love to have you join us for worship this Sunday. Hope to see you there!