Thursday, January 22, 2015

who are you going to invite?

Everyone of us has relationships and people that we care deeply about.  When something exciting happens, we want to share with others.  That could be a gift we receive or an award we achieve or a number of number of others happenings.  It might even be a new baby or grandbaby born or an upcoming marriage.  All kinds of things get us excited.

Our walk with God ought to be the same.  It is one of the things we “get-to-do” by inviting people to follow Jesus or to go to church with us.  It is not about filling up the chairs or pews at church.  It is about letting people know that great life along with forgiveness and peace are available from our great and gracious God.

The people around us have got to meet our God.  One of the best days in my life was when I met Jesus.  Some of the other best days in my life is when God reminds me what He has done and renews my understanding of His love for me.  And we get to invite others to experience the same.

Isn’t that awesome?  We get to invite people to meet our Jesus.  We get to invite people to come to church or Bible study or to serve with us where people can meet God.  So, who are you inviting this week?

Lets take a look at some invitations in the Bible. 

Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.

I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

One way we get to invite people is when we invite people to know Jesus.  That can come in so many forms from a personal story in a conversation, to a letter written to a friend or even a personal invitation to church.  Another way is through media...TV, radio, web site...letting people hear about Jesus. 

Hold the phone.  There is another invitation we HAVE TO THINK about all the time.  Who is it we are inviting to be part of our lives? 

Far too many people invite Satan, most of the time unknowingly, to join them on our daily lives.  We give him all the space he wants.  We listen to his every word and even watch his every move.  It is kind of mesmerizing. 

We don't want to do that.  Our enemy has no place in our lives and in our business.  But we let him in.  It is time to kick him out.  No invitation to you, nasty dude.  It is time for JESUS to take over.  Hear me out:

The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Invite people to enjoy life, not hate it.  Invite people to find purpose, not pain.  Invite people to see and have hope, not have more desperation.

How are we inviting people to enter your life and to get the love and life that God offers?  By the way, God made you a winner.  Know it.  Believe it.  Live it.  That is 'THE INVITATION' God offers you today!

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Invite the people around you, those you know and those you don’t, to get to know God.  Our testimonies must share with them.  Our conversation should lead to Him.  Our smiles and encouragement ought to be contagious because we have come to know God personal and had our lives changed.

Join me and others in inviting people to come to know Jesus.  Invite people to come to church with you this weekend.  Who are you going to invite?

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