On this Mission Initiative Monday we examine "Invite Others to Christ." As I was looking through the archives I found this one from Alisha Bauman-Farley (from 2012) and wanted to share.  

“You Are Not Doing Your Job”

Carmel, Indiana, USA
A few months back a non-church friend confronted me about a serious issue.

“Why haven’t you invited me to church? You are a minister. You are not doing your job.”

I quickly invited him to church, feeling that is what he wanted to hear, and I apologized for not doing it before. I now realize those were not the right words. I thought about what I would be inviting him into. Then I thought about everything I knew about him and his personal journey. I really did not want to invite him to church.

What he really craved was an invitation to Christ.

There is more to the invitation than we like to admit.

To invite people to Christ, we open ourselves to becoming relationally vulnerable. It is saying we will stand by them, walk with them, hold them to conviction, and promise to never give up.

We are called to follow Christ. We are examples to others. If we do not know our own relationship with Christ, then we will end up leading others in circles to nowhere.

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. —Hebrews 3:13–14 NRSV

Many are out there—some poor, some rich—and they cry out for something more.

We each hold a light like our relationship with Christ. Imagine sitting in a dark room, and you are the only one with a light. As you get up to leave, others in the room beg you not to go. All you can assume is that they just want to take advantage of you. They may not understand what the light is you hold. They just know it makes the dark not so dark.

Are you willing to share the invitation and walk with them to a real relationship with Christ?

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Alisha Bauman-Farley
Community of Christ» Contributor

Alisha is a member of the Community of Christ Indianapolis Congregation.  She was instrumental in helping expand the congregation’s imagination and become vulnerable to the spirit through Smore Hangout.  Alisha also helps bring inspiration to life in the form of art throughout the forum (with the large mural) and several sacramental paintings throughout the sanctuary. Additionally, Alisha served as our Mission Center Youth Minister for several years.

She currently serves as a stay at home mom to a very active three year old, Adelyn – who when present graces us with running about and sometimes even dancing along (Adelyn that is)!