At every major intersection in our lives, there has probably been an invitation of sorts. Somebody invited you somewhere to something, for something, or for someone. Some of the greatest things in our lives were the result of an invitation. Some of our greatest regrets were the result of an invitation. Invitations are powerful, sometimes life changing things.
You have the power to change someone's life through an invitation. In John 1:35-49, we see several examples of this principle in Jesus' life. People would discover Jesus was the Messiah, and they would invite their friends and family to come as well. Those people doing the inviting knew they couldn't answer all the questions, prove Jesus was the Messiah, or convince anybody of anything. However, they did know to invite their friends and family to "Come & See!"
As people come and be a part of the church, God does that thing that only God can do. When people, who are far from God but want to be close to God or have been beaten up by sin are facing its consequences, when they come and are among people who are following Jesus, something special happens.
We want to be a place for unchurched people to feel comfortable and welcome, while removing all possible obstacles to trusting in Jesus. As we enter the Christmas season, who could you invite?
- for dinner?
- for coffee?
- for Christmas Eve?