I have been thinking about this statistic a lot since becoming the pastor of HBC. I read this story in Spurgeon's book "Feathers for Arrows" and it thought it was encouraging.
IN Edinburgh a Sabbath-school teacher was once visiting close by, and in one of the top flats of a stair, found a poor family living in a small but clean room. From conversation with the father and mother, she soon discovered that it was one of those cases where, from the long illness of the father, the family had fallen from comparative comfort to poverty. He was now, however, better, and had been able for some time to work a little, so as to keep his family from destitution, but by no means to enable them to live in comfort. Having learned so much of their worldly concerns, their visitor next began to speak of their souls' interests. She asked them if they went to any church.
Next Sabbath several of the children were at her Sabbath-school, and told her that that day their family had been at church. Since that day they have been hearers of the Word. How many souls are perishing in Edinburgh and other towns, "because, though all things are now ready, NOBODY EVER ASKED THEM TO COME!" Will not the blood of their souls be required at the hand of those who profess to have tasted a Saviour's love, and yet make not one effort to pluck brands out of the fire?
-Scottish Sunday School Teacher's Magazine.
We are living in a strange time where there are mulititudes who have been neglecting Sunday worship (either by sin or by legitimate concerns from Covid). Will you be one to "Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled." (Luke 14:23)
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