Everyone’s busy. You’re busy – I’m busy – we’re all busy. Most people will simply skim over the headline of this article and keep right on going – simply too busy to stop and read something other than the headlines or the caption under a photo! I have yet to meet the person who tells me that they have too much time on their hands. It seems that no matter what stage of life someone is in there is always something that demands our time and there just simply aren’t enough hours in a day to do it all, let alone find time to relax. So if you found a quiet minute to sit down and and read this - Congratulations! And seeing as you’ve already come this far, why not keep reading?
Your time is valuable so let me cut straight to the point: I want to personally invite you to come to church with me.
Now I know that may seem an odd invitation and not overly personal as this is a blog article and not a one-on-one conversation, but I really mean it – I want you to come to church. In fact it won’t even hurt my feelings if you decide to go to a different church, so long as you go! Of course I would love to see you at Bay Avenue on Sunday morning, but I am confident that whichever of the several churches in Killarney that you visited would welcome you warmly.
But why church?
Well have you ever considered that there might be more to life than just making as much money as you can, having as much fun as you can, living as long as you can and then dying? Have you ever wondered if there is life after death? Have you considered the possibility that there could be a God who is keenly interested in your life? Have you ever pondered the idea that there could be a Creator who has uniquely designed your life to have tremendous meaning and purpose? Have you ever considered that if there is such a God that you could get to know Him? If you have ever asked any of those questions, would it interest you to know that God has made a way for you to know Him in a personal way and find out what He has to say about your life?
That’s fundamentally what church is all about and it’s the reason why I go – because it’s a place where we can begin to discover the answers to those questions in very real ways.
Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
But now I know what you might be thinking: “I’m too busy to go to church”. Fair enough. We’ve already established that everyone is busy. But we also have to acknowledge another reality and that is that often saying “I’m too busy” is code for saying, “Other things are more important”. So what we’re really saying is “_________ is more important than going to church.” I’ll let you fill in the blank (sleep, golf, watching T.V., camping, hockey, making money, doing the laundry, etc.) And when we do this what we are really saying is that asking the deeper questions about life, seeking the answers, and knocking on every door until one opens isn’t actually that important to us.
But consider what might happen if you genuinely do ask, seek and knock? You may just be surprised to discover that you receive the answer, find the meaning of your life, and have the door opened to new possibilities that you’ve never even considered before. But it won’t just happen on its own – we all have to start somewhere. So why not join me in church this Sunday?
Too busy? Well consider that if you’ve actually read to the end of this article you might just have more time on your hands than you realize...
So consider yourself personally invited to come to church. I’ll even save you a spot next to me! And while you’re at it, bring your family with you. We’ve got Sunday School and kids church too.
So other than an hour of sleep – what do you have to lose? Find out for yourself what church is really all about – and who knows – you might just get more than you bargained for.
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