What Are We Bringing Them To See?
Devotional Thought of the Day:
17 David also commanded all of the officials of Israel to help his son Solomon: 18 “Is not the LORD your God with you? Has he not given you rest on every side? Indeed, he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my power, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people.k 19 Therefore, devote your hearts and souls to seeking the LORD your God. Proceed to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and God’s sacred vessels may be brought into the house built for the name of the LORD.” 1 Chron. 22:17–19 NAB-RE
995 A Christian always triumphs from the Cross, through his self-renunciation, because he allows God’s omnipotence to act. (1)
As I read through the Old Testament, I am often amazed at how the kings and priests could allow, never mind encourage their people in idolatry. To think that they would replace the things God directed to be set in the temple, and replace its idols, seems beyond belief.
Until I consider the worship wars and realize that both sides of the war are struggling not to see God glorified, but rather their idols. They want what brings them comfort and peace; they want what they want, what they think has the answers to their problems, the solution for their lives. They will fight unto death to see their idols glorified and put in place in the house of the Lord.
It doesn’t matter whether it is the organ and cantor, or the praise team and guitars and drums. People aren’t hyper-focused on these things because they are adiaphora, they are focusing and fighting for them because they have become their gods, their idols, the source of their comfort and peace.
Except they aren’t the source of the peace, they are just a conduit for it. the means by which the grace and peace were revealed.
Instead of thanking God, we defend the pipeline that brought us to this place.
Instead of bringing others to meet our Lord and Savior, we bring them to see our contemporary service, or our faithful traditional service, to hear relevant sermons, or to hear good doctrinal teaching.
We aren’t called my friends, to making ourselves comfortable in church. Or being comfortable with our church services. In fact, we need to expect a little discomfort, just as we expect discomfort at the gym. Our selfish nature, our sinful nature, what scripture calls “the old Adam” needs to be curbed, reigned in, killed off. So that we can see the life we have in Jesus Christ. The wonderful, amazing, real comfort, peace-that-the-world-can’t-know-or understand the life that we have, when we are united with Christ.
There are 1002 reasons why a visitor will come to church. They can range from a sincere desire to find God, to looking for hope in a broken world, to looking for healing, or to save their marriage; to thinking they might meet a potential spouse, to plain old curiosity. It is usually because you asked them, not because of the reputation of the pastor.
For you my friend, there is only one reason why you want them to come, the same reason you should desire to be here.
To encounter the God, who comes to you, who gives you eternal hope, who forgives your sin, who walks with you every day. A God, who doesn’t abandon you, and won’t abandon those you love to sin and shame, but instead comes to you, heals you and promises you life eternal. That’s whom we want them to encounter; that’s why we want them to join us at church.
So invite them to come, to cry out with you, “Lord have mercy”, and to hear the answer from the cross…
Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). Furrow (Kindle Locations 4024-4025). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.