Last week I introduced myself and mentioned that I desire to speak to those who feel all alone while searching for true meaning and purpose in their lives. I recognize that there are different reasons people fit into this category. Although I welcome others to “listen in,” if you have never stepped foot into a “church” or were “raised in the church,” but have come to be disillusioned by what you believe it represents, I’d like to specifically “visit” with you today.
May I begin by asking a favor of you? Please, don’t shut me out simply because I mention the name, “Jesus.” Would you be willing to grant me an opportunity to share some things with you before you make any decisions about whether or not I should be “allowed into your home” on an ongoing basis?
I would like to begin by asking you to forgive us professing Christians who have failed so poorly at being “Jesus with skin on” for you. Please don’t judge Him according to how the “established church” has often represented Him.
Although, I was “raised in the church,” I can identify with coming to a place where I, too, was so disillusioned by what I was seeing within the “establishment” that I began to question everything about it. During that time I wondered, “If I openly share my heart would anyone understand me?” I felt so alone. I was desperate to hear God’s voice and to feel His presence.
I recall crying out to Jesus, “If this is all there is to ‘church,’ what good is it? Nearly everyone in this ‘establishment’ is just ‘playing the game.’ Maybe I am no different! What I’m seeing and experiencing within “the four walls” certainly doesn’t reflect the Church Your Word describes. If this is all there is, Jesus, I can’t “play the game” anymore! If there is more, please show me. Reveal to me what You desire for Your Church today.”
May I suggest to you that the Jesus whom I’ve come to know and the picture that He revealed regarding His Church through that time of struggle is likely not the “Jesus” or the “church” you have witnessed outside nor experienced within the “establishment?”
Thanks for allowing me to share my heart with you. I hope you’ll “leave your door open” for me each week. The Jesus I’ve come to know is somebody you’d probably like to meet and what He desires for His Church just may appeal to you.