Read Matthew 28:16-20
My wife and I once visited a church where they asked for an offering in Sunday School of the first Sunday we visited.
While this was odd to us, I thought,”Okay, so they’re a little pushy, but the members seem joyful.” Then we were shown a packet outlining their plans for the church.
They were building a mall. There were plans for a Starbucks style coffee shop, a clothing store, a full gym. Any of these things would have been marginally okay as long as the profit went back into the church.
Then one of them said, “We will never have to go anywhere but the church!”
Jesus did not plan for His church to be a safe house for Christians to hide from the world. He spent very little of his life at church or even interacting with believers. His mission was to reach the lost.
It is my belief that those we hold in the highest spiritual regard, those who are at the church more than twice a week and never go out and share their faith are not fulfilling Jesus’ command:
“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…” – Matthew 28:19
My pastor uses this parable. We are not to hide in the safety of other believers. Church is not an airport to store the airplanes that Christians are. It is an aircraft carrier, a place to stop, refuel and reload, and continue our mission of reaching the lost.