Just this afternoon while I was running some errands, I was listening to WMBI on my car radio. I happened to hear someone being interviewed – and what they shared really challenged me.
This person was telling about his upbringing. His mom and dad divorced when he was very young. He lived with his mom and would see his dad on weekends. They were a family, both before and after the divorce, that never went to church or had much of anything to do with religion. Now they were a fractured family, struggling in every way.
Then a remarkable thing happened; a neighbor invited his mom and him to church. Looking back, he remarked that his mom would be the last person you would expect to be interested in going to church. But she was interested. They went to church and heard a fantastic message about a God who loves them. His mother gave her life to Christ that day and amazing change took place. So much so, that his dad noticed. To make a long story short, eventually his dad also crossed the line of faith – and his parents ended up getting remarried to each other!
It was then that this little boy realized true Christianity works! It makes a difference! It’s not just a tradition, or boring rituals, but a real, dynamic relationship with God that brings forgiveness, meaning, and healing.
As I thought about this cool story, I was convicted by the idea that there are people I write off from ever inviting to church. I make superficial judgments about them, and determine in my own mind that there’s no way they would say yes. Inviting them would be a waste of time. (How foolish!)
The truth is that you never know what is going on inside a person’s heart. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple invitation to church, even to the most unlikely people. You just never know what God is going to do!
As we approach Easter Sunday, who do you intend to invite? Be sure not to write off anybody – you never know what might happen. You can be sure they will hear a message about a God who loves them!
See you on Sunday!