For Reggie, it hit him: this is how God counts attendance. God sees who is in attendance at our churches, but he grieves over who isn’t there that could and should be. Reggie could have sat there and said, ‘Well, look at this. Having four out of five seats full at the dinner table ain’t bad. That’s 80% capacity. We’re doing pretty good for our little family, aren’t we?” But instead, he noticed who wasn’t there – and he couldn’t get over it.
Imagine if we counted attendance in our churches the way God counts attendance?
Imagine if we counted who wasn’t at the table of the family of God but should be – the lost, the hurting, the elderly, the younger generations, those who have been cast to the fringes of society.
When we learn to count those not in attendance – and we desire to reorient our lives in such a way that we want to do something about it – we begin to think with a kingdom imagination and our hearts beat with the heartbeat of God.