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Empty Churches

Good morning Friends! I'm sure you are all excited about Christmas and are super busy with all the planning and preparations. I won't take up too much of your busy schedule, but I do want to leave a sobering reminder with you.

Recently as I have been attending church, there is something that I've noticed that bothers me quite a bit.

Why are there so many empty seats in church?

Why are churches only being filled to half capacity?

What are people so busy doing on a Sunday morning?

If you feel targeted or offended by these questions.... please keep reading and allow the Holy Spirit to convict you. When I write to all of you.... it's more like a letter that I write to myself. Each blog post is inspired by the conviction that I have felt from the Holy Spirit Himself.

When I walk into Church and see the empty seats where firm believers once sat, it moves me to tears.

When I walk into Church and see the empty chairs of people who refuse to step foot into a Church, it breaks my heart.

Each time I see an empty chair I see a legacy of Christ that won't be left, I hear hymns that won't be sung, I see little children that won't hear of the kindness of Jesus, I weep at the thought of the worship that won't be given for our Lord & Saviour, I see lives that won't be lived as a light for Jesus Christ, I see souls that will miss the gates of heaven, I see sinners that won't find redemption, I see religious people that won't find salvation by grace, I see lost eternities, I see broken hearts that won't be mended by the love of Jesus, I hear prayers that won't be prayed, I see seeds that will go unplanted and fields of the heart that will go unplowed, I see glory for God that won't be given, I hear verses that won't be memorized, and fellowship that won't be had, I see people that won't be freed and generations that will not be forever changed.

Each empty chair is a reminder that there are people that have yet to encounter the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Each empty chair is a reminder that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.

Each empty chair should be a reminder that we are kingdom builders, we are the laborers, we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

What are we doing on a daily basis that shows people the love of Christ?

Are we living set apart?

Are we living in a secular world, but not of it?

Are we living for tomorrow or for eternity?

Are we living mediocre or radical Christian lives?

Are we a threat to Satan's destructive plans?

I know that when I wake up in the morning I want Satan to be so worried about the trouble I'm gonna cause for him and his evil entourage.

Ask yourself if you are the reason someone has had a bad experience at Church?

Check your heart to see if there is any unforgiveness for someone in your Church.

Now ask yourself, "What are you going to do about it?"

Our pride, unforgiveness, anger, and hatred is not something that is worth holding onto.

When we get to the gates of heaven, that argument or disagreement with a brother or sister in Christ is not gonna matter so much. But what you did or didn't do for the Kingdom of God will.

Are we striving each day in hopes of hearing those words "Well done thou good and faithful servant"?

What will it take for us to reach out to that person? To invite them over for a meal, to pray CONSISTENTLY for them, to go out of our way to be kind?

Will you miss the opportunity to be used by God to change a life, to shape a generation, to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit?

Or will you suffer the awkward moment, deal with the rejection of being told "no, we won't be able to make it this time, sorry.", overcome the loss of a friendship, continue to pray for them earnestly when it seems like God doesn't hear your prayers.

I certainly don't have all the answers, maybe even none at all. But I have Jesus and I am certain He's got all the answers. If there is one thing I do know, people need to hear about Jesus and I DO NOT want to be the reason someone missed out on hearing about the free gift that God offers to all who believe.

So with this final question, I will conclude.... What will we do about the empty chairs in Church?


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