Have you ever been left out of a party? Perhaps you heard about it and wondered, “what happened to my invitation?”, truly a crushing blow to the spirit. On the flip side, what a great feeling it is to be invited to something, because someone intentionally wanted you to be apart of whatever was going on.
Jesus sent out invitations quite often during his time on earth. He invites people to rest in him (Matthew 11:28), quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger (John 7:37, John 21:12), and to see what he is doing (John 1:39). Jesus invites us to be healed, to be forgiven, to be challenged and to be transformed by the power of His love through His sacrifice and resurrection. Each and every one of us, YES YOU, are invited into a holy relationship with the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer from our sin, and the Sustainer of life itself! I don’t know about you, but I would gladly RSVP yes to that invitation each and every day.
But, if I’m honest, I have a tendency to be selfish with my invitation. You see while there is a personal invitation to me, God also challenges us with the task of handing out other invitations as well. Too often, I’m concerned about my own experience that I forget to help others draw near as well. Think about it, when was the last time you truly invited someone to experience Christ, be it a worship service, an event, a service opportunity, or even just in fellowship?
We have a great opportunity to invite people each and every week for worship, and especially this week with our Kick-Off activities. I want to encourage you to take time to intentionally invite someone. Think about the message that sends to that person, they are wanted, they are thought about, they are loved!
Who are you going to invite?