Monday, 7 October 2019
Luke 7:24 When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?"
Jesus still asks that question today. He asks all those who go to church, "What did you go to church to see?" He asks everyone invited to a meeting, a Bible study or a home-group, "What did you go to see?"
We need to ask ourselves what we are showing or offering to those who come. Are we offering entertainment: some good songs, a witty/clever/inspiring talk, good tea and biscuits, congenial conversation? The Sunday Meetings of the atheist/humanist groups offer all of that. Are we offering miracles and a display of the supernatural: healings, uncanny knowledge? Seances and the spritualists offer that. Or are we offering the kingdom of God, a revelation of God's love and grace, a chance to encounter the reality of God's presence in whatever form a person needs? Only the church can do that (and most of the rest, in the best sense).
Jesus made sure that whatever people came John to see, he showed them Himself. We need to make sure that we do the same: no matter why people come to us (or to church), or whatever they are seeking, we need to show them Jesus.