We spend our young toddler lives asking questions of people. We hunger to ask.
We grow up and we still ask. Maybe not for answers. But we ask people – we invite them to join us at dinner, the ball game, school events and a host of other things.
I remember seeing an interesting statistic in Thom Rainer’s book, The Unchurched Next Door:
82 % of the unchurched are at least ‘somewhat likely’ to attend church if they are invited. Perhaps we need to pause on this response. Perhaps we need to restate it: More than eight out of ten of the unchurched said they would come to church if they were invited.
So, this week – I’d ASK you to consider 3 things: A. S. K.
A ccept the truth that God really does desire to be known.
By ALL people.
He has a heart that searches to connect with those around you. So that they may know Him and be known by Him. He established His Church with a mission not to be a Holy Club unto themselves – but a mission oriented gathering of followers set loose in the world to put His love on display and invite people home to relationship with Him. (see Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 19:10 and 1 Timothy 1:15, Titus 2:11)
S eek opportunities within your current relationship connections.
Think about this: you have NO accidental relationships.
I believe the relationships we all have are strategic, purposeful and God orchestrated. We are called to leverage our ordinary interactions to invest in people. We are the ‘light of the world’ in how we love others. So when it comes to asking people to church, simply leverage your current relationships. Seek opportunities. I love what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 4:2-6
K eep on keeping on.
Don’t be annoying and create weird and damaging relational tension, but don’t be afraid to ask and ask again. If the above statistic is true, then it’s worth us asking in future opportunities if we get a current ‘no’ to our invites. Keep praying for your friends, family, co-workers and others God has put in your life. As you pray, stay alert to opportunities to care and when the door opens, ask again.
Praying with you as God guides you to have strategic conversations within your relationships.
Maybe this will be the week to ask and maybe this will be the week they say ‘yes.’
*this post adapted from a concept Perry Noble shared