This past Friday night I was part of an enormous church family for nearly 5 hours – from the time that we were strangers in line entering the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida – to the time that we were singing songs together out of the arena and into the sprawling parking lot after 10:30 PM.
Aaron Cole, We Are Messengers, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, and their respective bands led “Praise & Worship” with their performances for God for the better part of 4 hours, and the near sellout crowd (all the way up to the rafters) was in it for Jesus – singing and clapping and dancing and waving their smart phone flashlights in the air in unison. It was a miraculous night of celebration for our Lord.
I enjoyed all of the artists – particularly We Are Messengers, Jeremy Camp, and of course my homeboy from Fairfax County Virginia – TobyMac. Toby is still gettin’ it done at 54. I’ve been listening to both Toby and Jeremy since pretty much the start of my salvation in 2006.
This church family that I speak of comprised of many different colors, races, nationalities, and ages. Every demographic was represented. That’s what Heaven will look like. There were babies, kids, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents there. But we were all brothers and sisters on that night.
Most of us in attendance were believers and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – God’s children – and for those in attendance who were not – they were likely invited and brought in by their friends and loved ones who were. I believe that many of those non-believers and non-followers at the start of the show were saved by Christ sometime during the show. Salvation was born for many of them. God’s miracles abound. That’s how God The Holy Spirit works, and He is always at work – even at a rock concert.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you receive an invitation to attend a Christian rock concert by a friend or a loved one – accept it – and go – with an open mind and an open heart. Let me tell you something, and I’m speaking from personal experience here. That rock concert that you say “YES !” to – can change your life forever. God used His music to rescue me and save me exactly 12 years and 6 months ago (this past week). I was 39 at the time. You’re not too old to begin a new journey in your life. It will truly be a fantastic journey that you can’t possibly imagine !
But why wait until the next concert ? Google any one of those artists. Look them up on YouTube. Tune-in to K-LOVE or The Message on SiriusXM. Listen to their music. Hear their words. Absorb God’s Good News for you.
From the 40TH Psalm (1-3):
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done, and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
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