A few months back I had a nonchurch friend confront 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 like that is what he wanted to hear, and I apologized for not doing it before. Those were not the right words I now realize. I thought about what I would be inviting him into. Then I thought about everything I knew about him and where his personal journey was at. 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 another person to Christ, we open ourselves up to become relationally vulnerable. It is saying we will stand by their side, walking with them, holding one another to conviction, and a promise to never give up. We are called to follow Christ. We are examples to others. If we do not know our own relationships with Christ, then we will end up leading others in circles to no where.
Hebrews 3:13-14 “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.”
There are many out there, some are poor and some are 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, the others in the room begin to beg you not to leave. All you can assume is that they just want to take advantage of you. They may not understand what that light is you hold. All they know is that the light makes the dark not so dark.
Are you willing to share the invitation and walk with them to a real relationship with Christ?