December 4, 2012
“We live in America!”
“There’s a church on every corner.”
“Americans have more access to ministries, programs and opportunities today than ever.”
Let me share a story. Last Sunday morning was a Sunday like any other at my church. People were taking their seats and the murmur of chatter filled the air.
All of a sudden, there was hustle and bustle in the balcony. A man collapsed at the top of the stairs. The medics rushed to help him and quickly began giving chest compressions. To no avail. He died. He was taken out of the building with a white sheet over his head as everyone else was listening to the first song.
Afterwards, I was told that the man was a visitor to our church and had never been to church before. He was brought by someone that didn’t even really know him but invited him. Sadly, it may have been one Sunday too late.
This man didn’t have the opportunity to hear the sermon. His last breath was taken with the sound of church announcements beginning in the background. Just like that … it’s too late. That man does not have another chance.
The truth is:
We can’t afford to wait for the next Sunday or the next church service to begin sharing the HOPE of Jesus. We must start NOW.
“Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late … People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly … in hard times, tough times, bad times …” (2 Corinthians 6:1-10 The Message)