What was the goal of the early church? Profit? Sure there is a lot of money generated today because of Christianity. Movies, books, CD's and DVD's etc. But many of those early Christians left real jobs for no jobs. Some early Christians even began to give away there money and sell off some of there possessions. And that money went directly to those who had less, not the church Pastors who usually just got room and board, as they travelled and taught and preached in the temples and in peoples homes. Then of course what good would it do if you did get super rich off of this new religion if you couldn't live to spend it?
Christianity could not have been a very wise decision if it meant you had to give up your money, possessions, friends and in some instances family and life as you knew it. Especially taking into account that it wasn't very safe to practice this new religion. I just don't see what advantage it was to call yourself a Christian back then?
What motivates a Christian today? Profit? Sure, I'm sure many do it as a job only? But I would also say that most Believers have less money because of their faith. Many tithe, or give to missions. Many Christians spend 5,6,7 thousand dollars a year putting their kids in Catholic or Christian schools. Not to mention how much time we spend away from work because we are doing something at/for the church.
Can the Christian actually have a noble reason to try to convince you to turn to God? We don't want your money or possessions. We all share the same things in this world, joy, sorrow, pain, sickness, happiness, good times and bad.
We want to rejoice with you when you accept Christ and become part of the Church. We want to share our future in God's glory with you. We want you to taste his love, like we have. We want you to realize that the Creator of this world desires a relationship with you. We want you to have hope in Christ and for his return. Instead of at best, becoming food for buzzards and maggots.
Christians still struggle in this world, we share the same problems as everyone else. But they don't seem to be as important knowing we have an advocate who is rooting for us and desires for us a glorious future. Christians are just a bunch of nomads passing through this world until his return. So while I'm waiting and ain't got anything better to do, I'll try to convince some of my friends to join me for a ride of a lifetime?