The title of this blog is not a clever way to catch your attention.  The title of this blog is a tragic fact.  I was 18 years old.  I was a self-proclaimed “Christian Comedian” who traveled around and spoke at local youth groups.  I didn’t have a lot of funeral material.

I had really only given my life over to serving God a few month’s when my boyhood best friend’s step-dad passed away. I hadn’t really spoken with him much over the past few months, but to my knowledge he was an atheist.

I guess the family asked me to officiate the funeral because I was a friend and I think they viewed me as pretty religious.

I wanted to help if I could, but I was clueless. I was 18 years old.  I was not a pastor.  I remember I was terrified. I remember I wanted to be true to the Bible and not offend everybody at the funeral. I don’t remember anything I said.

That was 30 years ago.  I don’t thing I’ve ever gone a year since without thinking about it.  I knew this man for years and I don’t think I ever clearly shared the gospel with him.

Here’s what I do know; eternity is a long, long time. And without receiving the forgiveness Christ offers we will spend all of eternity in unimaginable darkness and torment totally separate from God and all that is good.

But I also know this; God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8).

This week you and I have the best opportunity we will have all year to invite people to church.   Surveys show that almost 9 out of 10 unchurched people would attend an Easter service at church if someone invited them.  Surveys also show that only 2 out of 10 church attenders will invite someone to church.

Could I encourage you to pray for an opportunity to ask someone to attend an Easter service with you on Sunday?

Could I encourage you to take the opportunity when God gives it to you?