The general area around where I live has many different businesses but it still can identify itself as a family neighborhood. If my wife and I had children in school age, we would feel very confident to raise our children here. There are shopping centers, grocery stores, convenience stores, department stores, gas stations, and even a local Emergency Room. There are doctor and dentist offices. And we are only little ways from Lake Erie and access to recreational opportunities on the lake. There are many places of worship to choose from and the folks around here are friendly. They’re “good people”. We feel safe and secure. We’ve never had an issue. This makes me smile a lot.
When I got married to my wife Nancy, we wanted to find a place to worship in as we both were attending different churches. What did we do? We took it to the Lord in prayer. It wasn’t long that we both came into agreement and it has been a tremendous blessing. Oh by the way, we will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary in May. We were married in the church we now attend. We have been so blessed. We are confident this is where the Lord wants us.
What drew us to this church? There’s a whole lot of love in the house of the Lord. Our church is filled with the Love of God. Our church’s mission is Connecting People to a Growing Relationship with Jesus Christ. That being said, is the same kind of love being poured out when church is over. What are we doing outside of the church walls? Jesus said this, “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”” Mark 16:15 ESV And Jesus also said this, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV It’s a tough question. What are we doing outside of our church walls? It’s fine that you may attend a church full of love for you. But what about the lost outside of church who are headed to an eternity in hell. Yes, hell. It’s not a pretty picture. I hope that you are not saying or thinking that you’re ok and that’s not your problem. That kind of thinking is not biblical. Jesus gave us a command. We must be obedient to it.
Friend, I’m asking you to think about this. Really think. I wouldn’t want anyone to perish because we were selfish; thinking only about ourselves. The man who told me about Jesus in 1999 was not selfish and loved me so much that he told me about Jesus. Did you get what I just said? The man loved me so much that he told me about Jesus. Love isn’t only inside of the church to get people to attend. If a church is like that they are missing the most important command of God. The Apostle Peter said this, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 ESV We must take the Love received by accepting Jesus into our lives and go tell a world about it.
You have a choice. This is my challenge to you. I ask you to pray and listen to what God is saying to you about a lost and dying world and how you can reach them; to pour out the love that Jesus gave you when He died for you on the Cross. He took your sins and paid the full price for them. His death on the cross. Jesus is our Blessed Hope. He is the Son of God and He is coming back someday. You have a choiice. I will be praying for you. God bless you.
If you have never asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you can do that. In humble prayer ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, repent of your sins and declare your belief that He died for you and arose from the grave to defeat sin and death for all.
Don’t believe me. Believe God!