This was actually a contest at a church we once attended. The congregation was challenged to invite as many people as possible to church and the person(s) who invited the most people won a 7-day cruise for two. Foolishly me and my husband accepted this challenge and started inviting people to church. We were fairly new believers at the time and didn’t know any better. But we went and told people we were inviting them to church because our church was having a contest and we were hoping to win a cruise.
What we were essentially telling people was this…Never mind your salvation. Never mind your soul and your new life with Christ. Never mind you were once blind and now can see because you’re a new creation in Christ. Never mind your breakthrough from addiction you so desperately want to end. Never mind your failing marriage or your lost children. Never mind the generational curse your family has been under. Never mind the freedom you’ll now live in, or the peace and love of Jesus you’ll experience. Never mind the brothers and sisters in Christ you will share life with. Never mind you’ll begin to see answers to your prayers. Never mind the ministries you’ll be involved in, or the lives you’ll influence. Never mind the children you will save or the baptisms you will witness. No – never mind any of that – come to church this Sunday so I can win a cruise.
Dear Lord, help us. Our church should be an example Christ. We have no reason for gimmicks. A few weeks ago a friend of mine started attending the church we now attend. I never once invited her. She attends another church so I had no reason to invite her to ours. However, I’m always talking about our church. I casually share the ministries we involve ourselves with. I share the prayer ministry we are apart of. I share the way our children are growing and the outreach projects they’re involved with. One day she came to me and mentioned she was planning to start attending mid week service. Just like our personal walk with Christ – our church should be a church that exemplifies Jesus – and if that’s the case – people will come. I’m not saying not to invite people to church. Yes we invite people, but we don’t need a gimmick to do so.
Dear Lord in heaven, we adore you Lord. Help us put you at the head of our church. Oh Lord, you didn’t trick people to follow you. You didn’t offer material prizes for people to follow you. You loved people. You cared for people. You sat with people who were deemed unworthy – and people were drawn to you. Help us be reminded of this Lord, and help all churches who preach your Word, be a church who lives by your example. In your name we pray. Amen.
Revelations 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of of life, which is in the paradise of God”.