I don’t know if you have had to deal with hail damage from the storm, but I feel like I have had my fair share! Now I have had a new roof put on my house because of the hail storm. New skylights (4) that now after 3 attempts at repairing them finally do NOT leak – Praise the Lord. But unfortunately, I also get to deal with the church’s roof which needs a new roof even though it was just replaced in 2011! Of course we have taken bids but we haven’t had a chance as a board to get together yet to make a decision. But that doesn’t stop the phone calls!!! In fact, as I was preparing for this article I received such a call by a company that has given us a bid already! We have had several roofers stop in to ask (some more forcefully than others) to do our roof inspection, give an estimate and then do the job! These companies don’t realize that in the church the decision is not just one guys voice. But as I was thinking about this something began to bother me. What bothers me about all of this is not being interrupted, and it is not talking to people I don’t know or even who are pushy. It is much deeper than that! A couple of things bother me:
First,these roofing companies believe more in their company and in what they are “selling” than it appears Christians believe in our God and his “company” (the Church). I am not a salesman, but I am trying to convince others to take my “product” (JESUS) over the world’s “product” (godlessness.)
Secondly, preachers are disrespected just as much as salesman are. In fact, I notice when others see me coming and avoid me at all cost! It is just a fact of life. But I also have noticed that there are some others, who are very excited and convinced about the truth of Jesus, but they come across just like I do – another pushy salesman! But really what we are “selling” is so much more important than hail damage or insurance claims. It just seems that too many Church people would rather have insurance for the hail storms and avoid being a salesman even though it is a calling and command for us ALL to obey!
To top it all off, one particular roofing company wanted me to call other churches who had this company reroof their buildings. So I obliged. I couldn’t help but think about the great lengths this company was going to in order to get the church’s business. Then I compared that to our lax approach to sharing our “business” with other people. (Often we do it without excitement for our Jesus and with a constant worry that we are coming across like a pushy salesman. That same “business” that Jesus was all about even at a young age (see Luke 2:49) So I guess in all of this I have a question…a big question…an important question. A question that really is answered by your life, not your mouth. Do you believe that our company (the body of Jesus, The Church) has the best to offer the world? Too many people agree with their mouths, but as God says, their hearts are far from HIM! So how do you answer that question. Here are a few sub-questions to help find the true answer of your heart: How many people have you had a genuine talk with about Jesus? How many people do you regularly invite to church? Are you afraid of looking like a salesman for Jesus?