How often do we as followers of Jesus market a building that is flawed, yet we claim it holds Jesus every week?
We always tell our friends, “I have the most amazing church. Everyone loves Jesus. You really should visit.”
“Our choir is just awesome. Please come and hear it sometime.”
“You know, the preschoolers are singing on Sunday morning. You should come and visit!”
This is the popular Christian idea of “evangelism”. We invite our friends to see our gigantic church building, our beautiful stained glass windows, our amazing choir, our kids’ service, our Mothers’ Day service, our Easter eggstravaganza (see what I did there?), our Christmas pageant, or our prayer tower that’s just gorgeous.
But do you catch what’s in common about all those things?
They all send someone back to a building that has flawed people and flawed doctrine in hopes that they will come to Jesus.
But in fact, it shows an unworthiness lie in the believer that they are not worthy to present Jesus, not the church.
Let me propose a new form of evangelism.
Perhaps we can all live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and show Jesus in our lives, not point everyone back to a qualified “pastor.”
Maybe we can share Him personally and directly with our friends, not out of obligation, but because we can’t stop.
Because we’re overflowing with His love, and His goodness, and Him – we can’t help but share it.