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Why do Christians like to invite people to church?

“Does Christian have a quota for the number of people they bring to church each week?” someone asked me today, and when I asked the reason for the question he said “because I have a friend who is a recent convert and she keeps asking me and my friends to church that it annoys us.”

To answer the question; No, we don’t have a quota. At least my church doesn’t and thankfully I’ve not heard of any church imposing such rule. But this certainly isn’t the first time I’m getting such a question.

In Christianity, there are two things of importance; The great commission and great commandments.*

The great commission is to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19). The commission mandates us to share the gospel so more people will come to know Christ. 

But we also have another 2 great commandments; first to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is exactly like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).

These 2 commandments are the reasons why we’re sharing the Word to you. 

If you know me personally, I think it’s easy to tell that I’m a christian because I pray before meal, I go to church, attend care group, etc. But apart from the rituals, you hardly find me taking the initiative to introduce Jesus to a non-Christian and why? Because I’m shy, and/or don’t feel the need to share, let someone else do the job, and most of the time I don’t care about them enough to want to share the word. Yep.

When you have something good, you will want to share it. If you know of a good bargain, you’d inform your friends (unless you’re one of those people – the non-sharer). This is why Facebook share button is such a hit because people like to share. Knowing Jesus is a good thing and the natural thing for me to do is to share it with people I love. Unfortunately I don’t love a lot of people… So… if I’m sharing about Jesus to you chances are I like you very much. I might drop subtle hints about Christianity instead of outright evangelizing, that also means I care.

As cheesy as it sounds, Christianity is a lot about love. If you know of a Christian who is very judgmental and unloving that is because he/she hasn’t completely understood the 2 commandments. I don’t blame them, it’s not easy to love God wholeheartedly and to love your neighbour as yourself. The latter is tricky because you need to first love yourself in order to love others. If a Christian judges you, I’m sorry… I do hope to tell you not all christians are like that but then you might have heard someone told you that too.

In any case, yes we can be a bit annoying when it comes to evangelising and relentlessly inviting you to church. But that’s because we care. As a dormant Christian, I thank Christians who tirelessly share the gospel despite rejections. I too hope one day to love others enough to step out of the comfort zone.

With love,

Mel.

Disclaimer: When I say “we” I was referring to me, myself and I. It might not be a representation of you. If you are a Christian and feel misrepresented, my apology for the confusion and rest assured I meant no harm. 

This explains my affection for cats.

This explains my affection for cats.

*there are 2 commandments so technically there are 3 things of importance.

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[#SpiritualSunday] A Lesson in a Season

Why did I choose Sunday to be #SpiritualSunday?

Yes, Sunday is the day where Christians go to church and Spiritual Sunday makes a nice alliteration, but more than that I think it’s important to take time at the end of the week to reflect on what we’ve done for that week.

I am at the point in life where Monday is a struggle. Even right now knowing Monday is just one night away, I wish I could sleep right through the weekdays. I’m not enjoying my life and this has been affecting my walk with God.

Few days ago, I read a devotion from Our Daily Bread that quoted C.S Lewis;

“Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was really surprisingly comfortable. If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

Growing up I’ve had it pretty good. My parents, the baby boomers, work long hours for survival so the next generation can have better lives and they accomplished that. I am financially supported, got to travel with friends, study abroad, experience different cultures, etc. I got my first job pretty easily and the colleagues were superb. Basically life had been a bed of roses and I was led to believe, as C.S Lewis stated, that this World might be intended for my happiness.

I think right now God is teaching me to go after things that I’m seeking instead of waiting for them to be handed to me. I’m not used to being unguided and unsupported, but to move on to greater heights I need to learn to take charge. This is the kind of struggles/challenges I need to face to prepare me for His purpose. It is definitely not an easy period for me but I believe He is in control and I am in good hands.

When faced with struggles and tribulations, we sometimes become like Jesus’ disciple who worries and asks, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Matthew 4:38) We need to learn trust that God has a bigger plan for our lives. Every season in life is meant for a purpose and we need to rely more on God than our own strength. For me that means setting aside time to hear His words, study the Word, just spending time with God and to obey Him. I know when I’m ready, He’ll reveal the next step to the destination He has for me.

Amen.

Cheers,
Mel.

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