Week Two – Day 6
SERVICE DAY – Today it is time to put this prayer in action by inviting someone to attend church with you tomorrow. Ask God to lead you to the right person or people to invite, pray that He will give you words to say, and trust that God will soften their hearts to accept your invitation.
Salvation is only the starting point in following Christ. Then we are told to have as our goal the desire to live as Christ intended when He paid such a steep price on the cross. It is true that Jesus bore our sins, but now He calls us to be dead to sin. We should no longer live the way we used to before being forgiven. Instead, our lives are to be characterized by His righteousness. Remember that our salvation is not just an escape from Hell or guilt, but freedom from the life of sin and freedom to live as God intends. We must be motivated to keep the “old man” (our pre-Christian selves) dead and learn how to be alive to the “new man” (our forgiven Christian state). This occurs by the way we live and the choices we make in everyday decisions.
The main challenge for most Christians is we don’t want to “die to sin,” but still desire to maintain some of our independence. We want to “live on the edge” and gamble that Jesus understands our “weaknesses” and will tolerate the manner in which we choose to live some of the time. God calls us to become 24/7 believers. Something is wrong with our faith if we desire to still maintain some of our old lifestyle when we fully know that He died on a cross so we could be free to follow Him. Then, and only then, will we have true peace of mind and the life He paid so dearly for us to enjoy.
- Maybe offer to take them to lunch after the service to answer any questions they may have or to share your own personal faith story.
Let’s ask the Lord to make our hearts like His by loving those that He loves. Let’s ask that He would give us boldness to step out of our comfort zones and reach the marginalized, the oppressed, and the hated. Let’s ask God to allow our priorities to be in the right place so that not only will we be in right relationship with Him, but we would be able to make an impact for the Kingdom.
“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”
Act 5:41 NIV