March 24, 2013 4 Comments
Have you invited anybody to church?
Easter is a time for believers to gather together and celebrate the Lord’s resurrection from the grave and our redemption through Him.
But it is NOT an exclusive holiday.
When Christ returns a second time, it’s not going to be done in secret, quietly, behind the doors of a church, nor in the privacy of a stable.
No. Not this time.
It’s going to be loud and explosive and every knee will bow and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of the earth.
Folks, Easter is a dress rehearsal for Christ’s second coming, and all the world will see Him. So what are we doing keeping Easter a private family affair? When we signed up to become Christ’s followers, we agreed to take His message to the ends of the earth. The least we can do is take His message to the other end of our workplace, or down the street.
So here’s my challenge, unorthodox as it may be.
Don’t make plans to go to church on Easter Sunday if you don’t invite a lost person to come with you.
Here’s why I make this challenge. First, it is a reminder that Easter is not about you. Second, how intimidating would it be to have to explain to someone that you didn’t go to church on Easter because you didn’t invite someone else join you?
Now, I may be wrong, but how much less intimidating would it be to just throw out a simple invitation?:
“Got any plans for Easter?”
“Want to come to church with me and my family?”
“Naw, that’s fine. Thanks, though.”
Now you just need to keep praying for them and witnessing to them since they now know you’re a Christian. Cat’s out of the bag.
Now you can celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with a clear conscious, knowing that you did what you could (and by all means, if the Lord is prodding you to do more, do it). And who knows? The most unexpected thing could happen and they might accept your invitation! And maybe… just maybe they’ll accept the bigger invitation to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and there will be an even bigger celebration in the celestial halls of Heaven than we could ever dream of here on earth.
Don’t make Easter about you. Make it about Jesus. And the thing Jesus is about, is bringing people from death to life.
Note: I understand that some readers may have faced (or may face) persecution or insults or hardships, especially my international readers. I do not mean to make light of inviting people to church and passing it off as something that is easy to do. But that does not negate the challenge (not mine – Christ’s). All of us believers must pray for the lost as well as fellow believers that God may grant them courage and strength.