November 28 / Proverbs 28 / Luke 15

church-excuses

Proverbs 28:5

The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
We do not need to preach about justice nearly as much as we need to preach about seeking God.
For those who truly seek God automatically have a heart for justice.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything you need to know. [John 14:26]
Luke 15:2
This fellow welcomes sinners! He even eats with them!”
I don’t see any examples in the Bible of trying to bring people who don’t believe in God or follow Jesus to church or synagogue.
Reaching out to sinners was done outside of that, relationally.
And this makes sense since the gatherings were for believers, for people who had already experienced a conversion of heart and, therefore, desired to be among the people of God to worship and learn more of the Christ in whom they had placed their trust.
People who don’t believe and come to the gathering should either think it’s a bunch of weirdos, or else (in the modern day evangelical experience at least) they might think it’s a pretty good concert and light show. Either way, it is not the conviction of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, which is what we really hope for.
Isn’t it?
Isn’t it just the easy way out of sacrificially pouring into someone to simply invite them to church in order for the Sunday program to do all the hard work?
That does not seem to be the way God set it up, or how Jesus taught us.
It is others encountering the risen Christ and His love flowing through us that brings people to Him.
We are hard wired for relationship, it’s just one of God’s laws of the universe.
I’m of course not saying that no one can come to Christ at a Sunday gathering, for He works in all sorts of ways.
And obviously it is good to hear the word of God preached and can convict hearts for it is quite powerful indeed.
Let’s just not be lazy. Let’s do the hard work of in-the-trenches relationship we are called to.
Who do you sense the Holy Spirit wants to witness to through you? Through your sitting and eating, through your listening ear, through your kindness in the midst of disagreement?

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