Last Sunday at the church I serve, our worship leader brought the message. It was a very inspiring message encouraging everyone to accept responsibility for growing the church and the kingdom of God for all the right reasons.
We were encouraged to take action, accept responsibility, for growing disciples. We were then reminded that we were responsible for the souls (not numbers) that should be in the empty seats in our worship space. We were reminded of the importance of the invitation to others to attend worship – as they were God’s children (my interpretation) and were important to God.
But when all was said and done I had a problem with the message. A huge problem with what was said. But not by our worship leader but with those of us saying amen and nodding in agreement to what he was saying – and rightly so – it was an inspiring message. Yes, I too was nodding and saying amen!
So what was the problem? The problem was what has become an inherent problem, in my opinion, throughout the Christian church and Christianity in general… Was all the head nodding and amening the only action that would take place as a result of the inspiring message? Or, would there actually be anyone to take the message to heart and with the love of Christ actually invite anyone to worship this week and next and the next? Will anyone actually step up on behalf of Jesus and care for his sheep?
You see, the Christian church doesn’t lack knowledge. The majority of everyone present on that Sunday had heard the message before, from Jesus, from other ministers, and in other churches. What our worship leader did was to remind us that Jesus is still calling us to reach others and invite them to church.
I recently heard someone say that most people already have plenty of knowledge but lack motivation. People wanting to get into better shape know how to do it, they have the knowledge but lack the motivation. If that weren’t true we’d all be rich and skinny. We all have the knowledge to do both but most are out of shape and would like more money because we lack the motivation to do anything about it.
So what will it take to motivate you to take what you hear on Sunday morning and go beyond the action of amening and nodding to the action of invitation and growing the kingdom of God?
My motivation is that Christ died for me and doesn’t want to see anyone not living the abundant life that only he can provide. A message shared every Sunday in worship. A message shared to to many empty seats throughout the world.
So I decided to move past the amening and nodding and I’ve already invited several to be in worship this Sunday. Have you?