Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Once upon a time there was a sixteen year old boy who had been given a brand spanking new 1956 Chevrolet for his birthday. He was so proud of that car. He strutted through the halls at his high school dangling the keys in front of everyone. He bragged how the engine purred like a kitten. He described the lustre of its paint and gleaming chrome. He invited friends home with him to see this wonderful new machine. He polished that car till it fairly shone. Forty years later, the lad, now fully grown, still had his 1956 Chevy. The paint was in mint condition. Not a spot of rust anywhere. But, Oh, did it shine! Every clear day, it had been polished and cleaned. The engine had regularly been oiled and tuned. It still purred like a kitten when it was started. When its proud owner bragged it up, he remarked how low he had kept the mileage. The reason? It had never been out of the driveway! Throughout the town, whenever anyone saw him walking past on the worst of days, they would shake their heads. One would turn to the other and say, "What's the point of having a beautiful car, if you are never going to take it anywhere!"
What's the point of having a car if you only wax it and oil it, but you never use it? What's the point of being a Christian if no one knows it? What's the point of being a Church if we only polish our pews? Are we telling anyone who will listen the good news? Are we living the Gospel? We are living in a new era. We are living in the time of the Kingdom of God. So let us get our priorities straight. By the way, the fellow with the 1956 Chevy, finally put the key in the ignition, picked up his neighbour, and drove him to church.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, We confess that we have been content to polish our empty pews instead of fill them with the lonely, the longing, and the lost. Loose our miserly hold on the Good News. Compel us with Your love. Impel us to preach your Word. O Jesus, make us brave so that we will boldly reach out in your name. For we pray in Your Name. Amen.