Unlimited: Christianity is an Open Invitation To Believe

Sep 13, 2021 219

Unlimited: Christianity is an Open Invitation To Believe

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left (Luke 23:33).

Whenever I travel, I love to visit old churches, especially in Europe. I once drove from the Netherlands through Brussels, and right into southern France, just to visit some beautiful historic cathedrals that I’d only ever seen in post-cards. And what was nuts about it was that I did it all in a weekend!

As magnificent as they are, these buildings don’t reflect the heart of Christianity. The Christian faith is not just about some pretty buildings.

Jesus didn’t die in a place of quiet reverence, but beside a busy public road. In this way he showed us that we must all eventually face him and his sacrifice, no matter how busy we are.

Christianity is an open invitation to all.

Jesus didn’t die under the roof of a beautiful temple, but under an open sky. In this way he showed us that he died for all, and that his sacrifice knows no walls or boundaries.

Jesus didn’t die between two beautiful pieces of art, but between two wretched criminals. In this way he showed us that he could think of no better place to be than with the broken and the lost.

The essential message of Christianity is an open invitation to all, to believe, and to live. Christianity is not found in a place, but in a person, who cannot be constrained by any walls. – Eliezer Gonzalez

Reflection: Find a busy, crowded place, where lots of people pass by. Go there specifically to pray, in the middle of it all, for the people who pass by. There’s no need to close your eyes or do anything special; in fact, it is important to look at the people you are praying for. Later on, reflect on what the Lord taught you when you did this.

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