We’re doing a WATS (We Are The Sermon) service this Sunday. Instead of having a Sunday evening service and sermon we’re going to take the sermon to the community. We’ll be going out Sunday afternoon working in the community and showing the sermon to others. I think it’s going to be awesome watching the church in Childress working, cleaning and serving the community this Sunday evening.
Anticipating the WATS Sunday got me to thinking last night. What would it be like if Jesus came to Childress for a visit? I can imagine our conversation going like this:
TREY: Jesus, this is so cool. I’m so excited that you’re here in Childress for the weekend.
JESUS: I’m actually here all the time, but I’m really glad to be here in person, Trey.
TREY: I can’t wait to introduce you to everyone at church this Sunday. Hey, do you want to speak?
JESUS: I’d love to if I was going to be at church on Sunday. I really think I’m going to be too busy to go.
TREY: What? Too busy to go to church, Jesus?
TREY: But Jesus, don’t you know what the Bible says about “going to church?” You can’t skip church … um … that’s a little embarrassing. And, what would everyone think?
JESUS: Trey, have you not read the gospels? I don’t really care about what everyone might think. You should know that by now.
TREY: Since you’re not going to church with me, what are you going to be doing?
JESUS: You know those people “across the tracks” and the people who don’t go to church anywhere on Sunday? I’m going to go spend some time with them. I’m going to serve them and then tell them about my Father.
TREY: Instead of going to church? But Lord, don’t you know that we’re supposed to sing, pray, take the Lord’s Supper and tell people about God this Sunday morning. Isn’t Sunday morning supposed to be the most important hours of my week?
JESUS: Actually Trey, the most important hours of the week are after you spend time at church. It’s what you go do then. It’s who you share it with. And as for telling people about God, that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to go show and tell those people about God this Sunday. Somebody needs to go and tell those people that God loves them. And Trey, you’re beginning to sound a little like the people called Pharisees that you read about in the Bible.
TREY: Okay, but one more thing Jesus. Is there anything you want me to tell the people at church this Sunday? You know, a message from Jesus?
JESUS: Tell them two things. First, tell them to get out and go tell others about me. Tell them that no one is just going to show up at church on Sunday, just because the lights are on and the building is unlocked. You’re going to have to go and invite them, pick them up and maybe even feed them lunch. Remember that my Father desires mercy more than He does sacrifice.
TREY: I think I’m beginning to understand, Jesus. But you said two things. What’s the second?
JESUS: Oh yea, remind them this Sunday again just how much I love them.