Monday, August 26, 2013

Come As You Are

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yesterday I watched my church baptize hundreds of people.  Just when we thought that we’d finished baptizing everyone, a hefty shirtless man rolled up on his bike, asking, “Got room for one more?”  We asked him if he wanted a shirt, and he replied, “Nope.”  He became the only person all day to take the plunge shirtless!  What if the church and everyone that comprised it truly adopted a “come as you are” culture of welcoming people?  More people would feel comfortable coming to church.  Let’s seek to make room for just “one more” person, regardless of whether they dress, talk, or think like you.  When you welcome people you then welcome God to work in their lives as well as yours. 

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9, ESV). 

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