Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Invitation

I’m a very gregarious person; I simply love being with people. Well, let me correct that, “most people”. It doesn’t matter what the occasion is: a wedding, a birthday party, a church social or a small group meeting of any kind, I enjoy being part of the mix. It is especially nice, when an invitation is addressed personally to me, rather than a general invitation; it makes me feel special, as though the invitee, especially wanted to have me there to help the affair go well.

I know that, that might seem a little vain to feel that way, but I do and I make no apologies for it. I believe that if they don’t want me to come, then don’t send me an invitation.

When it comes to the gospel, a personal invitation has been given to you and me. Don’t be troubled by the “whosoever will” part of John 3:16. Concentrate instead on the part that says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that ‘put in your name’ might not perish, but have everlasting life.” Doesn’t that sound personal? It does to me.

In the next line of the poem, it talks about this personal invitation, which has been extended to ‘whosoever will place his/her name in the blank’. Read it:

Line 18: *So today the call is extended to you, you have heard the   message, what will you do?

The message referred to again says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

The invitee is God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit and the Church (that’s me); each of us is extending to you, the reader, the invitation to come to Jesus Christ; to accept Him as your Lord and Saviour; to follow Him with all of your heart and to claim the promise of eternal life, which He offers. The Scripture plainly declares, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” I John 5:12

Wow! What an invitation that is: it is saying that if you accept the invitation to allow Jesus Christ into your heart, you will receive ‘eternal life’ – a life that will measure with the life of God, once Jesus returns to claim you as His own.  That is a breathtaking promise. However, on the end of telling you what you might have comes the results of refusing such an awesome invitation.  If you refuse to accept Jesus, which equals life, it will result in death for you; I’m not just talking about the temporary sleep that many of us will experience at the age of 60, 70, or 80 and to which we can die with the hope of a resurrection. I’m talking about eternal death, to which there is no resurrection.

I’ve learned to accept any and all invitations extended to me by those who care about me; it is a time for bonding and fellowship; it is usually an awesome time for everyone, when I do. Nothing will change with Jesus. He truly knows how to throw a party and I’m looking forward to attending. What will you do? Won’t you come and go with me?

All Scriptures are taken from the KJV – King James Version Bible

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