17And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, Those who are strong and well have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick; I came not to call the righteous ones to repentance, but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin). Mark 2:17
This is quickly becoming a life verse for me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending time with Christians, in fact my best friends are all Christians. However, I want to have a lot more friends that don’t live for God.
We’re here for one reason: to reach the world for Jesus. How are we going to do that if we’re not befriending and loving on people who don’t know God?
Here are Some Statistics that should shock you, and ideally inspire you to action:
Within 2 Years of Being a Christian, Statistically, Christians will Have 0 Non-Christian Friends in their Lives
There are 5 Types of Unchurched People in the World -4/5 Said they Will go To Church if Someone Invites Them
21% of Christians Will Invite Someone to Church in their Lifetime
2% of that 21% Actually Invite Non-Christians to Church in their Lifetime
What does this mean? Churches are growing at the expense of other churches. We’re taking Christians from one church and bringing them to our church. We’re only reaching 2% of the lost! Does anyone else see something wrong with this?
While we spend all of our times trying to encourage and lift other believers (this is a good thing, but we need a balance), there are billions of people who are desperate for a relationship with God. People desperate for hope. People looking for purpose. People who go to bed and know there has to be something more to life. People who we can point to Jesus.
The Concept is Simple: Hang out with People who don’t know God, love on them, and point them to Jesus. If that’s too hard for you, at least you can do is invite them to church!
If we don’t, who will?