Why Should I Invite?
This week, the church that I have the honor of pastoring, COTES, will collectively invite thousands of people to come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with us. I, along with our staff, have been urging our people to invite their coworkers, family, and friends to one of our many weekend services. It has been one of the main points of focus for our church over the past month. One may wonder why this is so important? Shouldn’t we just clean the buildings, prepare the service, open the Bible and preach to whoever decides to come on their own? Should we be making all this effort to get people to the church this weekend, or any weekend for that matter? I believe the Bible gives us a strong foundation for inviting everyone we can to our churches, especially on Easter.
In Luke chapter 14, Jesus tells us the parable of the great banquet. In this brilliantly vivid story, told in a way only Jesus could tell it, a master prepares an amazing and large banquet and feast. He instructs his servant to go and invite people to it, but everyone he invites turns him down with weak excuses. He then angrily instructs the servant to go everywhere possible and invite everyone he can find to the banquet. The language is strong, as the servant is told in Luke 14:23 to “urge” people to come. Why does the master say to so passionately make this invite? In the same verse he says to invite “so that my house will be full.” God wants His house to be FULL!!!
If you attend my church or another, either way you should be passionately and actively inviting everyone you can in any way you can to come to the house of God with you this weekend. We know that people are more willing to attend a church during Easter than any other time of the year. Why would we not invite? Why would we be so lazy to simply hope people will show up to our churches without actually doing the work of inviting? The “build it and they’ll come” mentality has taken the modern church down a road of decline and stagnation. Our buildings become nothing but museums and monuments if the Gospel isn’t being proclaimed to both saved and unsaved people within their walls. I hope COTES is jam packed this weekend with people. Hurting people, saved people, lost people, rich people, poor people, sick people….lot’s of people!!! Why? Because God wants His house full, and so should we.
So, in closing, I challenge you to spend the next few days making invites. Use your cell phone, your computer, and most of all you influence to make the “ask.” Will it be hard? Yes! Will it be uncomforable? You better believe it! Will you regret it? Never. So, invite my friends. There’s no feast like the one Jesus serves. There’s no banquet that comes close to the one that has the Gospel as the centerpiece. May our tables be set and His houses be full!!