Do you know how to do the Electric Slide? You know- it’s that line dance you see at wedding receptions from coast to coast. I know how to do the Electric Slide- sort of. If you asked me to jump up and do it right now, I’d fail. But if I watched other people doing it, then got behind them and followed their steps, I could do it. The tricky part is when everyone on the dance floor turns and instead of being at the back of the crowd, you find yourself in the front. AAaahhhh. Immediately I think “I don’t really know what I’m doing. These folks behind me better not be following me!” But the Electric Slide waits on no man- or woman.
The truth is that anytime we quit doing something, it can be hard to pick it back up. Take church. I’ve had times in my life when I’ve drifted away from church and next thing I’ve known, I’ve gone for years without going to church on Sunday. I might have still hit the occasional wedding or Christmas service but no Sunday service. Eventually I felt drawn to go find a church but getting re-started is hard. Like doing the Electric Slide, I kind of remember how to do it but I hate going through that awkward part of not fitting in. Sure would be nice if someone helped folks get past that awkward starting-to-go-to-church feeling? Maybe you should go from doing your own walk to -dare I say- leading others on their walk?
The key is noticing people are sitting on the edge of our dance floor watching us bungle through our Christian walk. Anyone who knows you’re a Christian, is watching you. You won’t know which ones want to dance with you until you ask. In Matthew 9:37 Jesus told His disciples “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” The harvest, are the people around you watching and the workers- that’s you. No question, Jesus was talking about you. Like the electric slide, at some point, it’s your turn to lead.
The part of us that’s not scared wants to invite others to join the Christian walk but we’re stopped by one of two traps: either you’re waiting to get your Christian walk “right” before you reach out to others. (yeah, good luck with that. I’m afraid that the longer you walk with the Lord, the more you see all the ways you bungle up your Christian walk.) OR a trap I all too frequently visit: the “I’m too busy being impressed with my own walk to notice anyone I should reach out to” trap. Yuck.
So forget waiting to get your Christian walk ‘right”, and stop watching your own steps. Just invite someone to join the dance. Invite someone over for a cookout with some of your Christian friends or maybe share a Christian book or just mention that you are praying for them. If your church is doing a VBS, church picnic, Easter egg hunt or Christmas pageant that becomes an easy invite too. You know the steps you should take. All Christians do. Time to show off your moves!