“You Are Not Doing Your Job”

14 02 2012

BY ALISHA BAUMAN,
Carmel, Indiana, USA

A few months back a non-church friend confronted me about a serious issue.

“Why haven’t you invited me to church? You are a minister. You are not doing your job.”

I quickly invited him to church, feeling that is what he wanted to hear, and I apologized for not doing it before. I now realize those were not the right words. I thought about what I would be inviting him into. Then I thought about everything I knew about him and his personal journey. I really did not want to invite him to church.

What he really craved was an invitation to Christ.

There is more to the invitation than we like to admit.

To invite people to Christ, we open ourselves to becoming relationally vulnerable. It is saying we will stand by them, walk with them, hold them to conviction, and promise to never give up.

We are called to follow Christ. We are examples to others. If we do not know our own relationship with Christ, then we will end up leading others in circles to nowhere.

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. —Hebrews 3:13–14 NRSV

Many are out there—some poor, some rich—and they cry out for something more.

We each hold a light like our relationship with Christ. Imagine sitting in a dark room, and you are the only one with a light. As you get up to leave, others in the room beg you not to go. All you can assume is that they just want to take advantage of you. They may not understand what the light is you hold. They just know it makes the dark not so dark.

Are you willing to share the invitation and walk with them to a real relationship with Christ?


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14 02 2012
terryflowersblog

We all “see through a glass darkly”, but if we are committed (converted) to Christ and Christ alone, then He will help us find the way. Thank you for sharing this testimony.

14 02 2012
RAISER William

“To invite people to Christ, we open ourselves to becoming relationally vulnerable…..
… If we do not know our own relationship with Christ, then we will end up leading others in circles to nowhere.”

Good post. I fear that most of the time we fall into your “unknowing” category, and we’re not even aware of it.




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