A man left his house for church one Sunday just as his neighbor was loading his golf clubs into his car. “Henry,” the neighbor called, “come play golf with me today.” Henry answered firmly, “I always go to church on the Lord’s Day.”
After a pause the golfer said, “You know, Henry, I’ve often wondered about your church and I really admire your faithfulness. But I’ve invited you to play golf with me seven or eight times, and you’ve never once invited me to go to church with you.”
What an eye-opener! To all the “Henrys” in today’s church, Jesus gives the same challenge he gave to the Pharisees: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt. 9:13). In other words, God wants us to show mercy and love to those around us, not just go through the motions of our own religious beliefs. Jesus further explained His mercy by saying, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (v.13).
Consider the destiny of people without God. Let this stir you to a compassion greater than your comfortable routine or your fear of rejection. Pray for several people or families near you and ask God to love them through you. And, without nagging, invite them to church.
SEE you in worship,