I have never been the type of person to do things just because everyone else was doing them, even in my early teen years. When family members and friends were being baptized into church on Easter Sunday morning, I just couldn't do it.
Years later, in 1979, I joined church and was baptized at the age of twenty-one. I became a faithful and very active member of the congregation. Over the years I attended church religiously, gave freely, taught lessons, coordinated programs and did whatever else I was called to do.
But on Mother's Day, 2005, I felt a spiritual hunger that made me feel that I would die if it was not satisfied. So I did something that I had never done before. I visited another church after my church services. I had a wonderful, fulfilling time! So for the next two years, each Sunday, I attended both churches.
Shortly after attending the other church, I read a great book entitled, "If I Perish, I Perish," by Major Ian W. Thomas. There was one sentence in the book that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. It read, "The Holy Spirit is like a man with a lamp entering a dark and dirty room. And what you have learned to live with in the dark becomes repugnant in the light."
I realized I had been living in spiritual darkness for almost thirty years. At twenty-one, I had only joined CHURCH. So I was content going through the motions each Sunday morning because of my commitment to the pastor, to certain departments within the church, and to family members.
I knew I needed more. I had to have more. On Easter Sunday, 2007, I was obedient to the Holy Spirit's guidance when I was led to yet another church, one I had never even heard of, Christian Family Worship Center Church. I then began attending three churches each Sunday, but it was at CFWCC where I received more.
Then I had to do one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. I tearfully and grievously left my original church family, but I left with a song in my heart and spirit. I could echo the words of songwriter John Newton, "I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see." God's amazing grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit, had lifted me out of spiritual darkness right into His marvelous Light.
In February, 2008, nearly a year after walking through the doors, I joined CHRIST, through membership of CFWCC. Finally, my commitment is where it should be, to Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Glory to God, Almighty God. Hallelujah!!!
Jackie Alston (April, 2008) Providence Family Ministries