Jesus is pretty clear about what he expects from Christians. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, verse 19, He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Pretty cut and dry if you ask me.
So if Jesus is so clear on what he wants us to do, why do we so often act like he told us to “stay” instead? Stay with my group of Christian friends. Stay in the safety offered by church on Sunday. Stay away from spiritual conversations with non-Christians.
Ask yourself this question—when’s the last time you’ve had a spiritual conversation with a non-believer? When’s the last time you invited someone to church who doesn’t attend anywhere?
Been awhile? Me too. So if we know we’re supposed be doing these things, why aren’t we? Instead of answering this question myself, I put it to a couple of my friends. Here are their responses:
“I think there is a fear element that has less to do with whether people will reject us…and more to do with a lack of a trust in God.”
“I’m afraid to have spiritual conversations with my Christian friends…now imagine opening up to a non Christian.”
“I wonder…will God come through if I invite someone to church?”
“If they ask me questions and I don’t know the answer, will God help me?”
Wow. Those statements hit close to home, don’t they? Seems to me that each of those quotes revolves around this simple question: Do I really believe that God is who he says he is?
If I truly believe that God is the answer for everyone, then I shouldn’t I be working that answer into every conversation? Gut check time, folks. Are you in or are you out? If we honestly believe then we need to start acting on those beliefs and engaging in the world around us.
No Christian cul-de-sacs, no members only clubs masquerading as churches. We are called to Go so let’s get moving.