When I first learned to read, my parents bought me a boatload of Dr. Seuss books: Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, and Horton Hears a Who!. I read them all but for some reason, I read Green Eggs and Ham over and over and over again, much to the chagrin of my poor parents and relatives! I’m thinking I still owe my uncle a ton of coffee cards for his kindness in looking interested for hours on end in hearing the same book read to him!
“We have the greatest secret to reveal to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers! The most effective evangelistic tool modeled by Jesus was a simple invite! A “Come and See” approach.”Ken Mitchell
Everyone’s favorite character in Green Eggs and Ham is the resilient, persistent, tenacious and somewhat annoying “Sam-I-am!” Sam would constantly try to convince his friend that green eggs and ham were “the bomb!” Of course, his freaked out friend rejected the offer every time Sam begged him to try, by responding: “Not in a box, not with a fox, not in a house, not with a mouse!” But Sam’s persistence paid off, however, and his friend finally tried green eggs and ham. He was shocked at how good they were!
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”Psalm 34:8 NIVThat story has to be the story of the church! We have the greatest secret to reveal to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers! The most effective evangelistic tool modeled by Jesus was a simple invite! A “Come and See” approach. Knowing we are a little different, knowing we can be a little strange, yet knowing what miracles Jesus has done in our life is worth the “Sam-I-am” persistence of the caring invite to church.
Don’t forget it is in our simple invitation coupled with our great faith that allows a friend to finally “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
Inviting my neighbors and friends with you,
October 23, 2017