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Empty Seats
Posted: Aug 18, 2009 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

I am usually a pretty sound sleeper. Even though our daughter Addison often wakes up in the middle of the night, I have an incredible wife who tends to her. Most mornings, I wake up and Julie will say, “Did you hear Addison crying last night?” My honest answer is always no. I am an extremely heavy sleeper. Once, when I was growing up, I was at a sleepover that one of my friends was having for his birthday party. I was the first one to fall asleep. You never want to be that guy. The first one to fall asleep always gets something done to him. When I fell asleep, my friends thought it would be a good idea to stand over me as I was sleeping and repeatedly snap a rubber band on my forehead. You know what the amazing part is……I didn’t even flinch! I think it is safe to say that a mac truck could drive through my living room and I would have absolutely no idea. Thank God that my wife is a light sleeper and can be attentive when the need arises. I should say that I do get up in the middle of the night from time to time but it takes a lot of shaking, poking and pulling the covers off to make that happen.

The last few nights, however have been a different story. I have been staying up for the past few nights pondering 1 question…..why are there empty seats in our church? Think about it….we, the church of Jesus Christ have the greatest message the world has ever known. We have the answers to some of the most difficult situations that people are facing today. We have everything that we need to be able to be the church that God has called us to be. And yet, Sunday’s come and Sunday’s go and each week, there are empty seats. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful for the people that God gives us a chance to minister to. But if we truly do have a message of hope and restoration, and life more abundantly, shouldn’t we be having to turn people away on Sunday because we don’t have enough room? Each of us as born again believers in Christ have a responsibility to the world in which we live. It is up to us to be salt and light in a dark place. My challenge to you and to myself today is to live the kind of life that God has called you to live. Has Jesus really and truly set you free? Don’t you want others to experience the same freedom and joy and life that you now experience? They won’t know unless we tell them. And people won’t want what we have unless they see in us an authenticity that is often missing from many professing followers of Jesus. May we be like Jesus today and I believe that if we truly live in that way, we will have empty seats in our churches no more.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

One Response to “Empty Seats”

  1. Morgan Miller says:

    We need to ask ourselves this question often and then do something to change it. God has been stirring my heart with the realization that hesitancy kills opportunity, but aggressive pursuit of Christ is always rewarded. Thanks for sharing, Pastor Corey!

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