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“My wife and I,” Stan began “belong to a small golf club. It is not fancy, but it has a nice golf course, is reasonable priced, and we enjoy it.”
“Sounds like a good thing,” I responded.
“Yesterday,” Stan continued, “we had a ‘Guest Day’ at the club. It was to introduce people to the club with the idea that they might want to join to expand the membership roles. The guests got to play a free round of golf, have a hosted lunch, and the like.”
“Good turn out?” I asked.
“There were a lot of people there. Some of them became new members. A lot more said they would think about it.”
“Kind of like church,” I said.
“What do you mean by that?” Stan replied.
“Well,” I responded, “we invite people to church to introduce them to the church with the idea they may want to become a part of it.”
“Not quite the same thing,” Stan replied. “With the golf club the purpose of new members is to help the club financially. If a church ever views the reason for getting more people to attend is for those people to help the financial condition of the church, that church is headed in a very wrong direction.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “The purpose of inviting people to church is to introduce them to the fact that they can live eternally with God when their time here is done. All it takes is conversion. Additionally, the purpose is to help them in the process of transformation from conversion as long as they are on this side of eternity.”
“You’re right Stan,” I responded. Not the same thing.”
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13.
Prayer: Lord, there is so much for which I am thankful: salvation, transformation, the church, those who spread the truth of the gospel. Thank you for all of your provision. Please help me in never taking any of your provision as granted without responsibility on my part to give back to you through your church. Please, Lord, lead me in bringing others to you so that they, too, will know the wonder of and the thankfulness for all of your provision. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.