The one who knows how has told us how. We go get them. I saw recently where door prizes are offered. X-box 360, cell phones, and other items given away. All you got to do is come to them.
Who are they? Churches. Show up for services and get a big gift. It is as though they are saying, ‘we won’t bother visiting you but come to us and we will make it worth your wild.’
Isn’t it a shame attending church is no longer considered worth your time unless there is something MORE in store. I suppose I need to start up a church, get the New York City Rockettes to entertain. I’ll get the Hooter Girls to gather the offering and have guys from daytime soaps to serve as ushers.
Ahh, scratch all that. I’ll do as Jesus said; go to the highways and byways compelling all to come. And there is Matt. 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Witness of the Scripture
John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.41 “I do not receive glory from men;42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.44 “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?45 “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.47 “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Come to Me
Matt. 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.26 “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Take the time to meditate on this chapter – please
The High Priestly Prayer
1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.7 “Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.9 “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours;10 and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.11 “I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.12 “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
The Disciples in the World
13 “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.15 “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.18 “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Their Future Glory
22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25 “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”