Let ‘em In
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. – Matthew 10:20
This beautiful painting is from Vincent Van Gogh entitled the “Church of Auvers”.
It’s bright, impressive, and successful looking but do you notice anything unique about the church?
It has no door.
According to scripture, the church is not a building, but a body. The church is not a place but people. Therefore, I have one simple question for you.
Are you letting people in?
Or do we want our lives to look impressive and successful and inadvertently rob the gospel of it’s power. Jesus shares with us exactly how this works.
“You are the salt of the earth.” -Matt. 5:13
Now, we already know salt is used to give food it’s flavor, but did you know that it was used back then for sacrifices as well? So when Jesus reminds us that we are the salt of the earth he is inviting us to suffer. He is asking us to reveal to the world all the things we’ve been saved from. He is pleading for us to let people in.
Otherwise, the gospel loses it’s flavor.
If we do not let people in and show them our weakness, Jesus cannot be seen as strong. If we don’t become vulnerable and express our failures, Grace cannot be seen sufficient. If we aren’t willing to become nothing, Christ cannot become everything.
Has your message lost it’s flavor? I’d drop the facade and start letting people in. Who knows, they could take a step back and say, “Wow! So that’s why grace is amazing!”
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” -Psalm 34:8