On Monday I began with the first of a series of blog posts related to vision: “Without vision people run wild.” (Proverbs 29:18). Just as we can each lose sight of the direction and purpose that God has given to each of us, the same can happen to a church.
I don’t want BridgePoint to lose sight of God’s vision for us.
But vision leaks.
As time passes by, we tend to forget the vision that got us started in the first place.
So, we have to refocus and realign ourselves with God’s vision for us.
WE ARE INSPIRED BY OPEN CHAIRS
Open chairs are usually present when the church gathers. They are present on Sunday mornings while we worship. They are present when we gather in our groups.
But what happens when you see the open chair? What do you think? What do you feel?
My prayer is that the sight of an open chair will inspire us–fill us with an untamable urge–to see the chair filled by someone…
…filled by someone who is far from God
…filled by someone who left the church long ago
…filled by someone who is looking for hope
…filled by someone who needs to hear that God loves them
…filled by someone who is in your life.
In Luke 14, Jesus tells a parable about a man who had invited many to a large banquet. After sending out the invitations, many made excuses. So, the master sent his servants out to invite others. After seeing many come to the banquet, the servant informed the master, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.” (v.22).
There were still empty chairs.
But the master was not satisfied with a half-full banquet. He was not content with those who had already come. No, he wanted the banquet to be filled to the max: “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” (v.23).
As a church, we should not be satisfied with those who already fill our seats. Why? because there are so many empty seats that still remain. There are so many people in our community who still need to get connected to Jesus.
The empty chairs should inspire us to pray, invite, share, and compel people to come.
Are you inspired? Do you have particular people in mind when you think of the empty chair?
If so, what are you going to do in order to help fill an empty chair this Sunday?