A man left his house for church one
Sunday just as the neighbour was loading his golf clubs into
his car. "Henry," the neighbour called, "come play golf
with me today." Henry answered firmly, "I always go to
church on the Lord's Day."
After a pause
the golfer said, "You know, Henry, I've often wondered about
your church and I really admire your faithfulness. But
I've invited you to play golf with me seven or eight times,
and you've never invited me to go to church with
eye-opener! To all the "Henrys" in today's church, Jesus
gives the same challenge He gave to the Pharisees: "I desire
mercy and not sacrifice" (Mathew 9:13) In other words,
He wants us to show mercy and love to those who need
salvation, not just go through the motions of our own
religious beliefs. Jesus further explained His mercy by
saying, "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance" (verse 13).
destiny of people without Christ. Let this message stir
you to a compassion greater than your comfortable routine or
your fear of rejection. Pray for several people or
families near you and ask God to love them through you.
And without nagging, invite them to