Please Come Home
Many people who will read this have quit going to church. It is possible that
they were once faithful and active members, but for one reason or another they
have ceased to attend. They no longer serve the Lord or support the church in
any active way.
Perhaps you yourself are one of this number. If so, you probably tell yourself
that eventually you will get started back to church... that someday you will
renew your commitment to worship and serve the Lord actively... But, meanwhile,
you remain away from the church and out of touch with God.
To all in this condition we send a plea from the heart to "Please come
home... Come back to God, to a Savior who loves you, to brothers and
sisters in Christ who miss you and care deeply for you!" You need to come
back for the following reasons:
1. Your condition
is a matter of grave concern to God. Jesus pictured a shepherd
whose concern for a sheep away from the fold caused
him to leave 99 sheep in the fold and to go out and painstakingly search for
the one which was missing. (Luke 15.4). This is a picture of God's concern for
those who are away from Him!
2. You are depriving
yourself of spiritual health. The failure to worship and serve God
results in the shriveling of the soul! Your spiritual nature cannot survive
if you do not feed it. Your absence from church diminishes and weakens you.
3. Your talents and
abilities are being wasted. Jesus taught that we have all been given the
opportunity and ability to serve God in some way. (Matthew 25.14-15).
So much more good could be done in the world if all would use their talents
as God desires. When you fail to do your part as a member of God's work
force, then the cause of Christ suffers. You are needed!
4. You are letting
your influence work against God, the truth, and the church. Though you do
not intend it so, your example says to all who observe your life that the
church is not important and that God may safely be ignored. It is especially
tragic that those who read this message in your example are often your
own children and grandchildren!
5. Others need you
and you need them. We need the mutual encouragement of one another
in living the Christian life. By your absence from church you deprive others
of the encouragement you could give them, and you deprive yourself of
the strength which they could share with you.
6. You may do eternal
damage to your children and your children's children. Jesus warned,
"Fear not them which kill the body; but are not able to kill
the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell." (Matthew 10.28). So many parents work, worry, and save to give their
children every advantage in this life. They are concerned to provide for their
children's every material need. But then they give no thought to their eternal
needs! In comparison with eternity this life is brief and shadowy. It is soon
over. What then?? For a parent to be concerned only for the needs of a child
today while giving no thought to the eternal tomorrow is to be guilty of
neglect which is nothing less than spiritual child abuse! Surely, your children
7. Your separation from
God may become a permanent one. Life is uncertain. We have no guarantee
of what the future holds. Though you intend to come back to the Lord,
you may wait too long or life may end too soon. The emphasis of the Bible
is always upon now. (2 Corinthians 6.2). The
future is too uncertain to risk your soul on it!
Jesus told the story of a young man who found himself away from home in a far
country. (Luke 15.13). When he came to his senses, he resolved to go back to
his father. His father saw him coming a great way off and ran and fell on his
neck and kissed him (Luke 15.20). This is a picture of God's concern for you.
He longs for your return. He searches the horizon for a sign of your coming.
He is prepared to rejoice at your homecoming. He is waiting... why don't you