Letters and Invitations
When did you receive your last invitation? It’s been a while since I received an invitation and with the pandemic most likely for you as well. When I was younger, I used to love going to the mailbox to see if there was any mail for me because I cherished receiving a letter from someone I loved or an invitation to a special event. Nowadays there’s plenty of mail addressed to me but most of it is either bills or junk. Letters are few and far between and never long enough. They end quickly and are soon forgotten. A letter just doesn’t keep on giving. An invitation, however, is a bit different as it builds up anticipation about an event in the future that promises to be a grand time. And unlike a letter, an invitation is more lasting as it can turn into a lifetime of memories.
Memories gained from an invitation carry a wide berth as you can concur them up in anticipation and afterward carry the concrete experiences. The biggest hang-up of most invitations is that they don’t include everyone. They are usually only given to a select few or those with connections. However, there is one invite that not only gives us great vision it promises to last forever. This one invitation will be the event of a lifetime and it is as important the day it is received and accepted as it will be when the event arrives. And the best thing about this invite is that it includes everyone. No one is left out. And just what is this most important invite? It is the invitation that all who call on the name of Jesus will be saved.
Refreshing Hope and Promises
But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.Acts2:21 (NLT)
This week is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is the event of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples. This event is described as being poured out on the people. Like spraying or pouring cool water on an extremely hot day. The descending of the Holy Spirit is often described by those who experience it as refreshing, transforming, and turning the old into new. It is more than just a story in the Bible though, it is an invitation to all who call upon the name of Christ. An experience that if accepted will take your breath as you bask in the glory and wonder of it all.
Pentecost is an invitation to set free of the earth and soar on the winds of the hopes and promises of God. It is an invitation that brings together our broken world so we can connect with others and soar together. Pentecost is the joyful worship of the Holy Spirit as He pours down upon us. And it is an invite that is released to the entire world no matter gender, position, nationality, color, or race. It is an invitation for everyone, for Christ promises to forgive us and make each of us useful for His kingdom, no matter what our past holds.
Accepting the Ultimate Invitation Given to Everyone
It is the ultimate invite that requires us to do nothing more than to see and agree. Allow Him to forgive us and then live as forgiven people. This is the invitation that will change our life not just for the future but for today. And it not only changes our life but the lives of those around us as we work together to help one another in every possible way.
Won’t you be challenged to accept or renew the invitation issued by God that promises to change your life forever? Firmly plant your convictions in knowing that because of the invitation of Christ your life is changed forever upon accepting it. Allow your motivation and excitement of receiving and accepting a life with Christ along with a promised party of a lifetime spurn you to share your knowledge with others. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that with your acceptance of the invitation of Christ your life is changed forever as you connect daily with the Father.
Love in Christ,
Prayer is our invitation to God to intervene in the affairs of earth. It is our request for Him to work His ways in this worldMyles Munroe
What are Your Thoughts?
Have you accepted the grandest invitation ever issued? Do you freely share your knowledge of Christ with others? Share your thoughts on the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the freedom that the invitation offers you daily.