“Why don’t you join us? I think you’ll enjoy it!” Those were the words Karl heard from the high school football coach when he noticed Karl hadn’t tried out for the team. Karl had a lineman’s size and had played organized football since 5th grade.
Karl’s family had recently moved from another state, so he didn’t know anyone. He knew he should be on the football team, but he didn’t feel like he belonged. He was afraid.
Karl’s fears were real, but now as an adult he realizes they were unfounded.
Sometimes when it comes to attending church, people have similar fears. “I don’t know anyone.” “I don’t think I will fit in.” Yes, sometimes even, “I’m not good enough.” Deep down inside we may know that it will be good for us and our family to go to church, but . . .
The truth of the matter is: The church is for everyone! It’s not just for perfect people. If it were, even the pastor would be excluded!
Remember how Jesus reached out to the thief on the cross? When Jesus saw the faith of this criminal, he comforted him with the greatest news ears can hear, “Today, you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
Paradise, God’s gift of heaven, is also reserved for you. It has been reserved by the shed blood of our Savior from sin, Jesus Christ. No matter who you are, this gift is yours through faith in Christ!
The church is a hospital for sin-sick souls. It is a health club for strengthening our faith. It is also a place for singles to meet, for children to learn, and where families can grow together. The church is for you.