Have you ever been invited to some event and had to decline because it was scheduled simultaneously with worship or study? When you try to explain to that person why you can't attend, they may give you a confused look and say something like, "Oh, you have Mass on Wednesday Night?", or the ever popular, "You do that church-thing every week?"After you carefully explain to them that all churches aren't Catholic and that all "religious people" aren't so crazy after all, you invite them to church.
Oh, wait... you forgot the invite?
But you just asked them where they bought their car and which shampoo they use. What happened to the invite? Surfacing the topic of church again can be difficult once the crazy-religious-person-hat has been placed on your head. Most of those who don't want to be involved with God or His church will go to great lengths to avoid the subject.
However, our goal is to never stop trying. We must continue to spread God's light throughout this world even if it makes us look crazy or foolish. In 2 Corinthians 5 we read:
If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
Spend time in prayer this week examining the areas of your life that hinder you from truly living for Christ and sharing His love. Let's commit together to be bolder for Christ, to shed our pride and give Christ the effort He so rightly deserves.