You’re Invited!

December 28, 2021

Good morning brothers and sisters!

Here we are, about to begin a new year. These past two years have been difficult to say the least. Our country is teetering on the edge of ruin if the LORD does not intervene. Yet we know that we are just passing through this world and a better one awaits those who have come to know Christ. That’s why I am extending an invitation to you today.

There is something about an invitation. I remember as a child in school when it came time for a birthday party we would bring invitations into the class to give to our friends never realizing what it was doing to the ones we decided not to invite. I was one of those kids a few times that were slighted for whatever reason; feeling like an outcast and undesirable. Sometimes it is tough being a kid! My point is that an invitation makes you feel special that we are wanted and accepted by those around us.

An invitation is a powerful way to reach out to others. A business man may ask a prospective client out for lunch, or the new family in the neighborhood may feel welcomed by the invitation of another established family. I remember years ago the Welcome Wagon used to be quite active welcoming new families to town. On a personal note; where would I be if David had not invited me out on a date?

The Bible is full of invitations as well. One of the first invitations was from God to Noah and his family.

Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

This was the first call of the righteous to salvation; not an eternal salvation but from the wrath of God upon an unrighteous world.

The book of Isaiah extends an invitation that is a predecessor of the invitation of Christ. Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

For the New Testament witness to this we find Jesus telling the woman at the well of the pure water that He offers the thirsty soul.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The song “There Is A River” describes this fountain of life that flows through the Master. It is a spring that will never run dry or lose its healing power. There is a thirst of the human soul that cannot be quenched but by this water that Jesus invites us to partake of.

Jesus gave His disciples what we call the great commission in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We too are to invite people into the kingdom of God but often we are apprehensive about extending the invitation. Why do we feel this way if we enjoy all that fellowship with God brings? Shouldn’t we be eager to have new friends enjoy this blessing from God?

I am as guilty as anyone about this. It is not that I am ashamed of the Gospel, but I have always had a hard time talking with new people. I know that I have missed many opportunities to witness but have let my own feelings of inadequacies get in the way.

I have noticed in churches that we have attended that the invitation time is VERY important; if not the most important time during the service. But often the “saved” are anxious to get out the doors and can be disruptive. If a person is feeling the pull of the Spirit and may be apprehensive about it, the slightest distraction could break the conviction for that day, but the LORD will keep convicting until His will is completed. Jesus tells us in John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Many lives have been completely transformed by the invitation extended by someone in the love of Christ. We are not the ones that soften the heart but we are the ones that the Lord uses as vessels to carry His message. It may take several people and several occasions for His work to be completed in the heart. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. The LORD may use several people to present His message, but it is always in His perfect timing.

Have you accepted the invitation? Have you ever been invited? If not I am inviting you now. Come to Jesus, surrender to Him and your life will never be the same! I will not promise you that all your problems will be over; far from it but they will be easier because you will have help. Galatians 6: 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

If you need someone to pray for you please leave your contact information with us and we will get back with you soon.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

~Terrie~

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