Are looking for something to fulfill your life? Need a list of laws to follow? Are you a good person? Are you rich? Is your life put together and you want a church?
Let me be the first to assure you, Christianity is NOT for you.
Are you outcast because your sins are much too many? Do you want to be dead of this life you live? Sick? Find this world meaningless? You don’t fit in?
Then, for you, I may have the answer. But I will be the last to try to persuade you. In fact, I will do the opposite. Consider the cost carefully.
Jesus himself turned away the crowd. To the rich young ruler that he loved, he looked straight to his heart and saw the one thing he could not give up, “Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor.” There was no hug and welcome and let me lead you to the sinner’s prayer. No! To follow Jesus, to be like him, he will have no competition! The Lord must be loved with ALL your heart.
This is no plan of your own. You do not approach your Maker and ask him to bless your plans. Oh! How many curse God because He does not answer their requests!
First, you must die. All your comfort, your identity, riches, and beauty are dead and buried. Meaningless. Rags to be offered. But you will walk in danger and not be afraid. And it will be so very dangerous. You will be mocked and count it as blessings. Monies only purpose is to be given away. Prayers are to be reserved for miracles. The miracle to accomplish a part of God’s big huge plan.
And ladies and gentlemen, the very miracle is that God himself reaches out his hand and extends an invitation. And the church of religion kindly declines, “No thank you. I’m doing just fine on my own.”