A recent message given at my church, if you don't mind me sayin', opened the proverbial "can". Whew! It was such an inspiring but scary message for Christians. Here's the gist.
It's more than inviting someone to church; even more than inviting someone to the saving grace of Jesus Christ (speaking about your action, not the newly saved soul). Inviting falls short without involvement! Anyone can invite. “You, with the Christian fish sticker on your car, do you get involved?"
Oh, but…it can get ugly for us if we agree to get involved with the Lord and His plans. We may have to give up personal time for the benefit of another, which may include taking on a burden we don't want. We might wind up involving ourselves in someone’s depression or mental instability, which would be ridiculous, since we have no college degree or professional certification by which to administer to their needs. We might get multiple calls in the same day for help from the same person.
OMG! Then, those earnestly thankful for our help may tell others that they know, those who are also forsaken, who may then seek us out. This whole involvement thing could start again. This cycle might not ever end!
Or, we can stop at the invite. And, walk away from involvement. It's much safer this way. And, after all, we did invite someone to know the Lord, or at least to church.
If you are a Christian that stops at the invitation, you may want to consider taking that fish sticker off your car. That way, no one will follow you. No fuss, no muss.
Invitation AND Involvement IS "The Great Commission!”
The Word is BOLD. The Word is RISKY. The Word is BLOODY. The WORD died for you and me!
Now, "Go and be a blessing." Amen and Amen.