It is now the season of conventions. A time to ask ourselves the question: Why do we need conventions? It is only then that the conventions attain a life and energy. This is a meeting of the Church, a grand get-together of the members of the believing community. It is with this same aim and purpose that Moses and Aaron presents their demand before the Pharaoh to allow the people to go and worship the Lord (Ex. 9:13-16). A fellowship of men, women, children and the animals as well. It is a time when the ancestors leave behind the faith legacy for the succeeding generations. A renewal of the Covenant with God should be made possible through these meetings. It should enable us to stand firm in the faith of our predecessors and also strengthen us in making it a living application in our lives. These meetings are for all of humanity and for all of Creation, for God has no bias and considers everyone as equal (Rom 2:11). The main focus of the convention should be the love of God which was revealed through Jesus Christ. There should in fact be no sermon without Christ in the convention.
The believers of the church who have had the salvation experience should be open-minded and have generous hearts to involve those who are yet to experience the blessings of salvation. The convention should not degrade to be merely venues for self-salvation, but we should all be mindful that we are all co-pilgrims. We are leaving behind our ‘own’ homes to the ‘alien’ public convention grounds where we seek the blessings of the Promised Land. Along with the speakers, the hearers too should be filled with the Spirit and drink from the rivers of life-giving water.
Return to the Creator has always been and will be the theme of conventions. The parable of the prodigal son exemplifies this better than any other story. The parable paints before us the picture of a most loving and caring Father. Conventions should facilitate this return journey to our Father’s home. These days, there is a decrease in sermons which teach about our faith. We should have a heavy heart for those who do not know the Saviour and also for those are lost. When the church is filled with people who are burdened by the thought of the salvation of those attending the conventions, then we can truly say that even in the modern times conventions have not lost their relevance. Let us humbly dedicate ourselves and all others for the glory of God. God bless.
May God bless you.