Eat It Or Save It?
A sociologist traveled to Hawaii. He found himself hungry at what would have been 9 am his time, 3 am Hawaii time. Searching for somewhere to eat, he came across a bar. The bartender served him coffee and a donut.
While he ate, in walked some very loud women who worked as prostitutes.
One of the women, Agnes, said, "Tomorrow’s my birthday."
One of the other women countered, "So what? You want me to bake you a cake?"
Agnes told her, "Don’t be mean. No one has ever baked me a cake or thrown me a party."
The sociologist asked the bartender, "Do they come in here every night?"
"Every night like clockwork," answered the bartender.
"Why don’t we throw Agnes a party tomorrow night," proposed the sociologist.
The bartender with the help of his wife and the sociologist threw Agnes a party with balloons, streamers and a banner that read, "Happy Birthday, Agnes."
When Agnes walked in the next night and the men presented her with the cake, she expressed, "No one has ever baked me a cake. I don’t want to eat it. I want to save it."
She took her cake and left her party.
The sociologist took the opportunity to preach the Gospel about how God loved us so much that while we were yet in our sin, Christ took the judgment for our sins on the Cross.
Many accepted Christ that night.
God loves us even when we are in our addictions, pride and arrogance. And He still calls us His own.
The church is not the four walls that we attend every Sunday. We are the church. As such, we must reach out to those in need–sinner and saved alike. Wherever we do, we can be the church–the place of solace and comfort–for someone who desperately needs God. 🙂