So, a few days ago, I posted about inviting people to church and using donuts as enticement, and in that I promised a follow-up; so here it is. I like donuts and being able to quickly grab one before service in the middle of my oft-busy Sunday mornings. I like that we can all get together and fellowship around some yummy food and fresh coffee before joining in worship. But I think that in our well-meaning desire to get people in the doors, sometimes we resort to offering them things that cheapen what we want them there for in the first place. We want them to experience Christ and develop a relationship with Him so that we can call them our brothers and sisters in Christ. I mean, isn’t that what the whole Commission is about?
The only thing is, we think that when we talk that way to non-believers that way they’ll look at us like we have three heads and make fun of us. Or maybe they’ll just reject us. And who wants that, right?
So we tell them things like, “The music team is really great! We have drums and everything!” or “There are lots of people your age there. You could make some new friends, maybe meet someone special [wink-wink],” or “We have donuts before service.”
All of those things are good of course. Who doesn’t want to listen to good music or make friends or eat tasty food? But, there are probably lots of places people can do that. Like concerts or restaurants…or bars.
If we’re going to offer people something, we ought to be offering them something different, something that they can’t get anywhere else. The only thing that we have to offer the lost that they can’t get in the world is Jesus.
We don’t want to just offer them spiritual donuts, little balls of sugary dough that taste good but will leave them hungry again a short time later. We should offer them something that will fill them up and satisfy them. And the only thing–the only person– who can do that is Jesus.
And maybe… just maybe…. we should be offering them Jesus more often than Sunday mornings.