While we would be tempted to ask this of ourselves, that’s really not a very honest reflection or indication of a true answer. But, thankfully, there are several whom we can ask. Don’t miss the importance of their candor. Their answers are really the only ones that matter.
- Ask the parents of the crying baby.
- Ask the visitor who is sitting alone.
- Ask the new family who moved here from another city.
- Ask the drop-in whose clothing, hygiene, and general manner of speaking and appearance seems of “lesser” quality.
- Ask the person whose race and color differs from the majority.
- Ask the out-of-town visitors whose vacation or work brought them to services.
- Ask the people you see and cannot decide whether they are visitors or members.
- Ask the Lord and His inspired writers (Js. 2:1ff; Acts 10:34-35; Prov. 14:31; 17:5; 19:17).
Even if we have the reputation of friendliness, let us never be satisfied that we are “friendly enough” and let us never rest on our laurels. Our goal should be to surround every unfamiliar face with love and attention. I would far rather risk scaring someone off than failing to extend them the love of Christ!