This has been a busy week; then it ran right into even busier weekend. And the work/fun is not anywhere near over yet.
That’s one reason I’m looking forward to church at WFPC Sunday morning. You see, church isn’t something I fit in when I’m not too busy; it’s something that rests, restores, and rejuvenates so I can deal with “busy” more creatively, in a more peaceable fashion, and with more joy.
So I’m not too busy to go to church; I’m too busy not to.
BUT WHAT IF YOU’RE “OVER” CHURCH? A friend reminded me this week that many people he knows may be open to Jesus, but they’re disenchanted with religion and pretty-much “done” with church. Maybe that’s you?
It turns out that I do a fair job when it comes to communicating faith… sometimes. But other times I use churchy language, and “insider” terminology, and tell “I’m-so-holy-you-might-want-to-shield-your-eyes” stories. If I’m not careful it’s going to leave the very people I want to dialogue with cold, skeptical, or feeling left out… maybe all three.
Sorry. I don’t want to do that.
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME: Really, it’s not about me. To the extent that anything you read here pulls your attention to me and not toward faith, then try to look through me, past me, or around me and feast your attention on God. God is the real deal; I’m just trying to point in that direction.
But, like many Jesus people out there, I don’t always do a good job with the introductions.
Let me put it this way, and I’m serious: If you have made the decision to reject Jesus, or if you’re simply not convinced that there’s anything all that important in what Christians share, then I don’t believe you’ve ever been properly introduced.
Because, if you do meet Jesus, then it’s not going to be that easy to walk away.
Instead, what’s likely happened is that people have been selling guilt, or tradition, or politics, or a religious point of view, or an argument, or maybe a tamer or more manageable version of God, a savior who agrees with them instead of challenging us all to grow.
But not Jesus. If it was Jesus then it wouldn’t be this easy; not easy to walk away, and certainly not easy to follow.
HEALING: That’s why I’ll be at church this morning. Because it’s Jesus who does the loving, the healing, the restoring, and the challenging; it’s Jesus who gives me the restoration that I need. I’m too busy not to be there.