When was the last night time you thought about asking someone to come along to church or to Belfrey group and decided, on their behalf, that the answer is no. Because, let's be honest between you me, it's not really their thing, plus it's a really busy for week for them, so even if they were interested they probably wouldn't come.
I always find that as soon as I start to consider inviting someone, I suddenly find myself thinking up all their excuses for them. Conclusion: I bottle it, I don't ask. I know, from speaking to people, that I’m not alone. We never get round to actually asking them therefore, we never find out what the real answer is, because we've already decided it for them. We don't ask because we don't want to deal with the painful and potentially awkward rejection. So we tell ourselves it's actually better for the Kingdom if I stay cool with them on the off chance that we might continue to have those late night chats.
I want to say those excuses, so easy to believe, are so often lies. Yes, rejection is hard, and it hurts when the people we love and care about don't want to get to know the Living God, but are we really loving them if we don't invite them to get to know him? So often, when I ask someone to come along, the answer isn't actually a downright awkward painful no. Instead it leads to a conversation, an opportunity to share why we do church, whether it's on a Sunday or in our midweek community. It's a chance to share our faith. And yet, we often miss that opportunity because we're scared of rejection.
So be bold, be courageous, step out in faith and let's start inviting (and sharing our stories with each other) this isn't something I'm telling you to do and not doing myself. I'm going to step out invite friends along to something this week so feel free to ask me how it went when next time you see me.
Jess is part of the student team and enjoys walks along the beach.