I had an interesting dream last night. It consisted of me viewing an outdoor venue with a stage and lots of seating to hold the large audience. I was seeing this from an aerial perspective. Franklin Graham was preaching and there were a variety of Christian musicians performing. At the end of the performances an altar call was made.
The crowd was divided into 3 sections. At the edge of the stage, at floor level, were three different types of people waiting for those who came up during the altar call.
The first were 2 teenage girls with a huge orange Gatorade thermos between them.
The second was a woman holding a spray bottle of Tilex.
The third was a more mature couple in their mid 40’s with a large white X floating just above the ground.
As I was dreaming, God had the Holy Spirit allow me to understand what each represented. He said, “There are three groups of people who attend these types of public outreaches. There are those who already know Me and love Me. They are there to receive a refreshing drink of My Spirit to renew their youthful spirit. The second group is there because a few stains are on them and they need a touch of My mercy to dissolve the stains caused by sin. The third group is there because 'X marks the spot.' They are at a crossroads in their lives. They are either seeking to move out of their comfort zone; seeking to simply find Me; seeking to take the next step to respond to My love for them. “
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19 (NIV)
So as I pondered this when I woke up, I realized our Christian walk has consisted of us taking a seat in all three sections at different seasons in our lives. The Holy Spirit prompted me to understand that He sees each person and is a part of all three sections. His infinite mercy doesn’t “like” any one section any better than the other, yet the Holy Spirit touches each of us deeply where we are when we respond to God.
What section do you find yourself in today? What is your response to God’s heart wooing you where you are now? Be blessed and REFRESHED today!