Mar
06

The Invitation

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invitationYou are invited…Your presence is requested…I’d be delighted if you’d come…

Whether the invitation arrives by mail or email or is extended face to face, the message is the same. There is an event, an occasion. We are invited to attend. A demand is placed upon us for an answer. Yes? No?

Jesus offered an invitation, an invitation that appealed to the deep longings of those who truly heard, and an invitation that still speaks.

Matthew 11: 28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." (The Message)

For some, The Invitation was all they needed. Their hearts jumped and their spirits said, “Yes!” Others must have said, “What kind of invitation is this? There is no event, no occasion. What does he mean, ‘Come to me’?”

Later Jesus issued The Invitation again as recorded in John 7:37, On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” 

His words always seemed, well, ambiguous in the moment. Whatever did he mean? How can we drink from another person? What are these words that connect with one’s inner ache, one’s hearts’ longing?

They are The Invitation. The Invitation to live differently, for more than daily existence, for more than tangible food and drink, to live connected to the eternal source of life.

The Invitation is still extending itself today. Come. Come to Jesus. Find rest. Find something to quench your thirst. Find grace for your daily life. Find freedom from the burdens of religious taskmasters.

It’s an extravagant invitation. Come live fully. Come be free, free to be who were destined to be from all eternity! Find the meaning of your life. Live on purpose!!

The Invitation places a demand on all of us. Will we respond with Yes? No?

In the days when Jesus issued this invitation, many refused. It just didn’t make sense to the intellectual mind, in fact, it offended the intellect. It was intangible, almost unexplainable. The invitation threatened the status quo. It upset the proverbial apple cart.

And yet, for those who truly heard, The Invitation awakened a hunger for something more than just existing, something beyond continuing. Something deep within the soul that resonated with his words, “Yes, there is more! I was created for more! I am tired. I am thirsty! I will come even though I don’t have all the information because there is something about The Invitation that draws me.”

A living relationship. A living God who requests your presence. A living God who offers His presence.

And once you taste what it means to experience that presence, to have your deepest thirst quenched, nothing else will ever do again.

We become ruined for empty religion, vain existence. We know there is more. We have tasted it. We have drunk deeply from the living water. We have experienced a presence that translates us to a place where we become unaware of all else.

Who could refuse such an invitation? 

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