Many of us find evangelism a difficult task. Most would say it is a valuable thing, to share the good news of Jesus. But to actually do that? Well, let’s just say that Lutherans don’t have a sparkling reputation for evangelistic prowess.
I heard an incredible statistic this week. 75% of people who attend a new church for the first time go primarily because of a personal invitation. In other words, ¾ of people won’t show up to a church today unless they’re specifically invited by a regular attender of that congregation.
1st Peter 2 talks about the church as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Our very core identity is to proclaim, to testify, to speak of the goodness of God in the world. To let others know the good work of God in our lives, and to welcome them into spaces and places where they too might experience God’s work for the good.
God calls each of us out of the darkness and into the light. As the mouthpieces of the Gospel, we have a role to play in that, as heralds, as priests, who invite others to experience that kind of light and life in their lives.
So, this week, I hope you’ll take at least one opportunity to tell a new person about the work of God in your life. I hope you’ll invite them to CLC on Palm Sunday and Easter. I hope that you’ll discover the joy of sharing the good news, that the God of this world shares light and life with all creation.
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