Why were you there? Why did you go to church the last time you went? Now, can you imagine why you went the first time? Think about that. You had reasons, obviously.
We often enter into new situations with trepidation, carefully, with an escape hatch plan. The first time my husband and I met was planned. We had corresponded online and by email. Then we talked on the phone. Then we agreed to meet for a church service, at my church. Aware that a "screen personality / phone voice can be different from an actual person face to face, I asked him to meet me at a neutral location where we could ride together to my church, thinking I could just bail (jump ship, make up some excuse, suddenly become sick, etc...) if I didn't like what I saw. ;) I liked what I saw, so we drove to my church for our first service together. He was there invited. Likewise, when I went to his church...I was with him.
You might question the motives, but most people go to their own church for similar motives: Aunt Sally asked them to go, Cousin Fred is getting married at church, Little Tommy is getting baptised, a coworker asked them to visit, Vacation Bible School...few people go to church just cold-turkey off the street.
John 12:9-11 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and
they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom
he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put
Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away,
and believed on Jesus.
Remember the raising of Lazarus from the dead? He unconsciously, and unwittingly brought many "visitors" to Jesus. People saw what happened and came to see Jesus. But, it was because of Lazarus that they came. Regardless of how they felt about Lazarus, the miracle, and Jesus, there was something going on that they could not deny, short of murdering the perpetrators. That's what they set about doing. It wasn't long before Jesus was crucified. And, Lazarus...? We never hear of Lazarus again do we? Maybe he was martyred. Maybe he fled in the ensuing persecutions, helping to spread the Gospel around the Middle East and Europe. Whatever the result, we do know that many people over the course of nineteen hundred years have heard about what happened to Lazarus. It is unimaginable the influence he has had on the faith of some 50 generations of Christians. Yet, we are told only of the love he shared with Jesus. No other deed that Lazarus performed is recorded but for his great love for the master. Yet, his love brought people to Jesus. What is our love doing?