Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Amazingly even the good things we do, we do hoping to get something from it. If we are friendly we want them to be friendly to us. If we invite them to eat we want them to invite us to eat! Our Lord Jesus taught us a different way of living. He told us to do things that He would reward but we would not get rewarded for here on this earth.
I want us to be a friendly church but not to get them to stay or to come but to be friendly. We should do right because it is right!
The purpose of a church is not to please people but to please the Lord.
Real Christianity is a time to lay aside what I am looking for and look to please Him and give Him what He wants from us!