So, who did it? Who answered the call that Rick gave during announcements this past Sunday? Who took the time to talk with our visitors at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner? Who took the opportunity to invite someone back to our services here at Sciotoville Christian Church? As you look around, is there anyone new here that you can say, “I played a part.”
In case you are lost, of perhaps you were not here last week, Rick stood on stage and gave a very compelling speech about getting out of our comfort zones, and talking with others and sharing our faith with them. In particular, Rick challenged everyone to take time at this past week’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner and grab a church business card and give it to one person at that dinner that was not a part of our church. This was designed to make us take time and talk with our guests, get to know them, and let them know that we would love to see them here. He also challenged you to get their number and give them a call this week to remind them about church services. How many of you took that call, and ran with it?
While writing this Monday morning, I and praying that this Sunday, the results of your faithfulness to the call, can be seen all throughout our auditorium. I pray that we have new faces at church, and that new relationships with God are being formed. And if my prayer is answered, it will be because all of us took seriously the call, the call to get out of our comfort zones, to talk to people other than those we already know, and to truly show them that we care and would love to have them be a part of what is going on here at Third and Bloom.
In Isaiah 6:8 we read, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””
We read in other places, that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. It is my prayer that we have all taken the challenge, and that we will be the workers that are spreading the gospel to those who need to hear it.
And if you didn’t get a chance to share your faith, or to invite someone back to church this past week, then consider this, when was the last time that you actually invited someone to come to the Sciotoville Christian Church?
I don’t know if you know it or not, but the great commission gave us ALL a job to do. We have all been called to share our faith, and to invite others into a right relationship with God. We are told in Matthew chapter 28, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
Look around you, do you see new faces that you can honestly say, “I played a part in them being here.” If not, then I challenge you to accept the call, say to God, “Here am I. Send me.” Go out, share your story with other, and tell them about HIS story too. Simply invite them to come and be a part of HIS story here at Third and Bloom.