I’ve always been of the mind that you have to meet people where they are. In the postmodern, there is no “build it and they will come,” there is only “go and make disciples.” Often church workers (myself especially) criticize others for being too introspective, too concerned with the Church within four walls than the Church that you have to GO to.
However, in the past several weeks of being at school and seeing all of the different people that are trying to offer Christ to students in anyway they can, I’m beginning to see that sometimes it takes more than GOing.
In Isaiah 55 we see this invitation to the thirsty:
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
In these three verses there are 13 verbs expressing something imperatively. Come, eat, listen, give, come, listen, listen, listen, come, seriously.
The Lord says, “I have something for you, come and delight in it.”
He does not say, “Don’t hit your teeth on this bucket when I pour living water into your mouth.”
A Church can open their doors to you, they can pray for your, they can offer your free food, they can call you, they can Facebook you, they can come to campus, they can smoke signal you. But, ultimately, worship, devotion, fellowship, service, and prayer have to be your priority.
The funny thing about priorities is that they demand time and effort. And they come before other things. It would be super convenient for someone to give you The Gospel in bits and pieces whenever you had some free time. Maybe church members could come tuck you in and tell you a bedtime story about the life of Jesus. Or a pastor could project their sermon through the bathroom door while you’re taking a shower before class. That would be fantastic for a college kid on the go.
But no matter how old you are, you have a responsibility to your own soul. If investing time and effort in your faith is something you’re having a hard time doing, that is all the more reason to find a community of believers to surround yourself with.
In the story of the Samaritan woman, she travels back to her people and they say to her:
“We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Jesus is calling. Go hear him for yourself.