Our invites becomes more genuine
When we’re inviting because we’re afraid of what God might do to us, or when we’re not inviting because of fear, our invites normally come across very cold, withdrawn, and passive. Yet, when we are fueled by love, and we invite a person into our lives and then into our faith, the time we ask them to join us for a service isn’t some cold “come to church” but instead is a reflection of a love for that person.
This week we challenged you to invite someone to church, and then to lunch after. That’s because we want to make sure that our invitations are to people we love and care about are willing to sit down and share a meal with. We want to love people, and because we love them, invite them to know Jesus. We don’t want the opposite. We don’t want to throw fake love at people because we want them to go to church. It seems like a small detail but it makes a world of difference in how genuine we are about the way we love people.
Which comes first for you? Because it is very important. Do you love people, so you want them to know Jesus? Or are you pretending to love them because you hope they’ll come to church?