The Invitation

The Invitation‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’ Luke 14:23

Facebook is a ‘road’ of sorts. Today, the day after Easter, I was compelled to post and share this invitation about the love of God and Jesus, specifically for the one who has not received this grand love.

On one common day, from before the beginning of time
Stood an appointment, an engagement like no other
Unpretentious, tucked away
Awaiting the convergeance of time and prophecy, God’s plan sat – quiet, still
A mystery for every heart, the invitation of a lifetime
The sole provision for each soul – Jesus!

Offered to all. Gained or forfeited – this determines destiny at our last breath exhaled.
This proposal was penned in indelible, unblemished love and extended through the cross.
The cross, once a symbol of death was Itself redeemed, along with man
Wood and iron, joined brutally, held the priceless sacrifice for all of humanity. Imagine!
No provision of ease, but agony, blood shed, tauntings, cursings, and whips – all for me, all for you
Every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day
Every week, of every month, of every year, of every decade – the cross reaches
Into even this moment, finding every heart, Jesus’ love speaks, ‘Come!’

Jesus, the portrait of God’s plan. Christ, risen – our provision! God’s love reaching hard for all
The invitation of a lifetime searching, reaching, and ready to pour forth a love
Beyond the understanding of man.

If this post has found you and you have not considered this invitation, the invitation still stands. This is the most personal, crucial decision we will ever make. Don’t worry about the things you feel are unforgivable. These, and all the sins of man are exactly the reason God made a perfect provision, through his son to be made righteous, restored to the presence of God and so much more! Conversely, you may examine your life and wonder what you’ve done that needs such forgiveness. Others, disappointed by Christian family members, friends, or acquaintances may have decided that there is no benefit or reason to be a Christian.

But I encourage you to make this decision based on the truths within God’s word and not on your experiences with others.

I once heard someone make a point that most of us are quite cautious with whom we would entrust our wallets, account
passwords, the keys to our homes and cars and even the care of our children, while many fail to see the reality and dire need to take such caution with our own souls. God’s word is free for the taking to read and examine for oneself. To at least examine his word while asking him for understanding, before making a decision to deny the bible and Jesus, how sensible is this?

Friend, do not deny yourself the invitation and provision from God because of those who themselves are within the struggles of life. This sometimes is particularly difficult when we have been hurt or offended by those who profess Christianity. God is perfecting those who draw near to him but many times hurt people, hurt people but I can say from experience that these wounds can be healed. This does not excuse the actions of those who have offended, hurt, or harmed us. Rather, it brings us into a place of healing and freedom from the effects of such experiences. Like those that wounded us, all of our actions are ever before God and we are responsible for repenting and where possible, making things right with others. I have found God to be faithful and his promises true. In Christ Jesus I have also found healing and freedom. Oh the beauty of being ‘in Christ’!

‘Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his
benefits.’ Psalm 103:2

As Christians, we are encouraged to seek healing and grow more and more into the the character of Christ. If this is not
exhibited in those who have so disappointed us, it is not a reflection of God, Jesus, or the life to be found as a child of God. As a child of God, we step into the process of sanctification where we are to seek to become more and more like Christ. Only God knows where each of us are in our walk with him. The evidence of God’s Spirit within us is more and more evident as we seek to know and walk in the truths of God’s word, and seek what is ours through our position in Christ Jesus as we follow him.

‘For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall man be made righteous.’
Romans 5:19

We are all under sin no matter how sweet or upstanding a person we are. But the obedience of Jesus gives us
the option to step from beneath sin into everlasting life once we accept him as our Savior. Through his sacrifice, our sins have been washed as white as snow. Another words, our sin no longer separates us from God, as God is holy and cannot be in union with sin, but in Christ we are made pure.

Before moving on, please consider asking this simple question, ‘God, what would you have me to see?’
This is a question I have been prompted to ask about various things over the last few months. God has been faithful to answer. God’s presence and love has never forsaken me – ever! Whatever God would have you to see, may you see it with full understanding. His love awaits. If you would like to accept Jesus or discuss this post, please feel free to message me on FB.

Kim Southerland

Many years ago, before I was a thought, before my genealogy,
You hovered above a quiet, dark sea, having contemplated the thought of me,
Now I wasn’t there and so I don’t know how you justified the fee,
But here I am in sweet familiarity,
Encompassed in your love for me.
Copyright © 2006 Kim Southerland