“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Hebrews 13:2 and 1 Peter 3:15-16)
If you’re an American adult, chances are that some time in your life, you or members of your family have gone car shopping. And if you visited more than one dealership, you may have experienced widely different treatment at those places.
One of our members wandered about in a dealer’s showroom for half an hour, looking carefully at several automobiles, getting into them, opening and closing doors, even bending to peer at the undersides of some. But he found that although he was apparently the only potential customer there, he was somehow invisible to the several employees who seemed to be doing “busy work.” So he left without a word being said to him.
The next day he tried again, at another dealership. Within seconds after he parked, a saleslady was standing by his car. She introduced herself, shook hands and asked how she could help him. And everyone else at that agency had her attitude of friendly helpfulness. You can guess where he bought a car.
So what is the point of this story? Well, let’s think about churches and what we have to offer people. We have something much more valuable than automobiles, something people are looking for — peace in this life and eternal salvation. We talk a lot about reaching out to others, and make our buildings and services attractive in hopes of having many visitors.
How, then, does your congregation treat visiting seekers? Treating them warmly and lovingly is simply practicing what we preach. They have a right to expect that, and it could be a giant step toward bringing them to Christ.