God’s Invitation

God has extended the greatest of invitations to each of us.  He has opened the doors of His Kingdom to us and has opened the doors of His heart.  There is a call upon your life.  There is a call to come to the table of God the Father; a call to be welcomed home in the arms of His love.

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.  You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”  (Isaiah 55)

The redemption of man is the greatest revelation of God and it is culminated in the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no other reason to open a Bible, attend a church service or bow your head in prayer than to come into contact with God.  Our lives truly require a connection with God.  It is “X-Factor” that our souls are constantly searching for.  At our core being we want to be loved, we want to be validated and we want to be accepted.  Society and religions are very good at placing prerequisites on these things; stratifying and classifying what it takes to be accepted, validated and loved. Normally it involves conformity to someone else’s image of success, beauty or love.

The invitation that God has extended to the planet is one that has no restrictions, no prerequisites and no membership fee.

All around the world people are trying. Deserted souls cry to be filled.  Spirits left undone their hearts are hollow. I can see, in their eyes, hollow lives.

And every heart, and every soul and everybody’s got a God-shaped hole.

You may have tried to fill that hole inside with an empty hand you reached in vain. Substitutes don’t work, bandages only hurt. The only thing that heals is the hand of God.

Nobody’s meant to be left all alone. Our lives are much too short to have an empty soul.

(Robert Herdman, Robert Vaughn, William McGinnis, Mark Stuart)

Jesus came to bring life and love to a world that is hopelessly lost without Him.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.  (Luke 19:10)

If Jesus Christ is not living inside of us then we are lost.  He came to find us, to save us and to make His home inside of us.  In order to do this we have to invite Him in.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me.  (Revelation 3:20)

We have to be willing to stop struggling and accept the grace and mercy of the Lord.  We need to be willing to stop carrying our needs and accept that He has met our needs.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Because we are lost, God came to find us…

Because our sins required death, Christ died in our place…

Because we cannot save our selves, Jesus is our Savior…

He is jealous for me
Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so, Oh, how He loves us. How He loves us so.

So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

That he loves us,
(John Mark McMillan)

There is not much to say beyond the revelation that Jesus loves you.  Regardless of your anything, Jesus loves you.

If you will stop trying to struggle, keeping your head above water and allow yourself to sink into the ocean of His mercy you will find that His invitation is still valid for your life.

Repent – turn away from what you are doing and turn towards God.  Surrender your life to Him.  He traded His life for ours when He died upon the cross.  Trade your life for His and answer His invitation.

If you want to pray, just open your mouth and speak to Him like you would any person.  He is listening.  If you don’t know what to say, just listen.  If you need help here is a model prayer.

Jesus, I want to answer your invitation.  I want to surrender my life.  I open the door to my life and I ask you to come in.  I cannot save myself, I ask you to save me.  Forgive me of my sins and make me clean.  Fill me with your Spirit and make me your child.  Amen.


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