Acts 13:44-47 – 44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
While it is not something people like to talk about, the reality is that not all people feel comfortable attending churches. Not because they do not want to hear the Word of God, not because they do not like the worship, not because they disagree with the pastor. A good number of people do not attend church because of the way they are treated there by others that attend. God’s Word, God’s church is called to unify, not divide. When is the last time you made a visitor feel welcome at your church? When is the last time you introduced yourself to someone new and helped them to meet others? One of the most important roles we all play at our church is to make people feel welcome and greet them. Too often, we refuse to go beyond the group we are comfortable with and in doing so, we fail to show the love of Christ to all. I pray that this week, you will take the time to greet people and make them feel welcome and loved.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!