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05/25/2012

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The Power Of The Invite


"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden" (Matt.11:28).

A very good friend of mine had a favorite expression. If I asked or offered him something and he declined, he would add; "but it's nice to be asked." I will reluctantly admit that I have borrowed the term a few times myself. There is something about an invitation that can make us feel special. Perhaps it is the feeling of being wanted or maybe even accepted. The invitation is certainly a powerful way to reach out to someone. Whether for those who are single it is asking someone for a date, or having a group over for a cookout, the invitation says that we want to be with them. There are some wonderful invitations that are offered by God and Jesus in the Bible. Today's verse from the gospel of Matthew is a powerful invitation from Jesus to lay our burdens on Him so that we will find rest. "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.....If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land" (Isa.1:18-19). Here God invites the sinners with the offer of forgiveness if they obey. "Come, all of you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and if you have no money, come, buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost" (Isa.55:1). God invites the destitute in this passage, offering what truly satisfies to those who will hear. Lastly...."The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!' Let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life" (Rev.22:17). The Holy Spirit is inviting the thirsty in this verse to drink of the water of life. We can readily see that the message of God is often in the form of an invitation. It would behoove us as God's humble servants, to reach out to others in this same way...After all, it is nice to be asked....

Have a wonderful day.... Offer or accept an invitation.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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