The other day I shared some of my AH-HA! moments about where God has led me in my desire to Do Something.
At some point someone asked, “How many people do you get to church?” I’ll be honest that question kind of makes me feel icky inside. I wasn’t sure exactly why until now.
I just want to be nice.
I want to be nice, not like a used car salesman nice, but genuinely nice. I don’t want you to feel like a number on my roster or a check mark on my list.
You don’t have to come to church, listen to my spiel or sign-up for my mailing list. You just have to accept the offer of simple kindness.
It’s not about church.
Never once did Jesus feed a multitude, heal the blind or raise the dead and hand them a business card with meeting times and a map.
Jesus didn’t invite people to church. Jesus invited people to a life.
“Do you want to become his disciples too?” – a blind man in John 9:27
My church can’t save you.
We are a really nice group of people. Some of us will give you the shirt off our back. Some of us will rush to your aid, pray for you all night and love you better than family.
But at the end of the day we are just people. We are imperfect. Some of us are hypocrites. Some of us are really trying and barely making it.
We can’t save you.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
If that life sounds like something you want, if being his disciple is calling your name, it is quite simple. Jesus left earth with these words to the apostles:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Mt. 28:19-20
Find people who proclaim that message. Do what Jesus said. And then you will be his church.
Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day–about 3,000 in all. Acts. 2:41