Divine Invitations

Monday, November 16, 2015
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I have always loved parties. As a child, nothing excited me more than a little piece of paper that said, Come to my birthday party.

Nothing much has changed in that respect — I still love get-togethers. I have had more than my share of exciting birthday parties — and they all started with an invitation to friends to come.

All of these memories bring me to the word that hatched this devotional in my mind: the little word come. I find the word exciting because it usually leads to some kind of exciting social involvement with an individual or a group.

Jesus, while teaching about His purpose in coming to earth, said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10 NIV) Later on, while speaking to another group, He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

When I first heard these particular Scriptures read by the preacher in the church that I attended at the time, they didn't seem to be meaningful, because in my mind, they didn't apply to my life.

One day, a friend spoke to me of my need of a Saviour and explained that this simple invitation to come to Jesus was for me. She went on to explain that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV)

I simply couldn't understand how words spoken by a man over 2,000 years ago in an entirely different country and culture could apply to me. Anyhow, I was living a rather wild life at the time, and I was quite sure that a holy God wouldn't invite me into His family.

Then one morning, while visiting my friend's church, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, and suddenly, the invitation to come to Jesus made sense. I said, "Yes, I am coming, just as I am", and then I knelt down at a little bench at the front of the church, which they called a mercy seat. Jesus changed my life, and nothing was ever the same again.

Since then, I have heard His invitation at many times calling me to come and follow Him, and I have had the privilege of sharing His invitation to come to Him with many people as far away as Russia and South Korea.

I am now waiting with excited anticipation for the day when He will return for His church, and the shout, "Come up hither", is given.

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 – Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Many today find this teaching hard to believe, but God teaches it in His Word, so I believe it, and I am not going to miss this glorious, divine invitation!

Are you?

Even so, "come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20b)

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we have heard and responded to Your indescribably thrilling invitation to come and share in Your glorious kingdom. Help us to share Your invitation to receive You as Saviour with as many as the Holy Spirit leads us to. We ask that we may find many opportunities to do this as the time of Your return for Your church draws closer and closer. This we pray, in Your matchless name. Amen.

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Sharon Y. Greer <sygreer11@gmail.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for a very meaningful message.

    Wonderful story and challenge Sharon. Thanks for sharing.

    What a heartening message! Thank you for writing faithfully. Blessings.

    Wonderful new way of thinking about the word “Come”. Very comforting, meaningful, hopeful. Thank you for sharing your joy.

    I still remember the time that I first learned about Jesus as my Savior and Lord of my life. Not sure if I ever wrote anything about it.

    Another lovely devotional Sharon. In light of current events, His “coming” may be sooner than we think!
    Blessings on your day.

    Sharon – What an uplifting devotional, especially the part when He calls us to Himself. What a glorious day that will be. Thanks for sharing those wonderful scriptures with us. God bless.

    Dear Sharon,
    What a wonderful conversion story. Please pray for your readers that we will be like your friend and give the invitation to come to others. I am in my 80s and say to my shame that I have not shared the gospel well. I want to be faithful and do the good works that God has planned for me to do. Thank you for being faithful in your writing.

    Dear Sharon, I had to say something in response to your sharing of your witness of what our Saviour does for us when we respond to His free gift of Grace to our life. Forgiveness is a most precious gift. We as a forgiven people must learn in return to forgive those who offend us. Thus we are set free and want to forgive others.
    We certainly worship an awesome God. May you know God’s blessing this Christmas and into 2016.

    Ah yes, Even so, “come, Lord Jesus!”

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for your message.
    I especially like the prayer.
    Keep writing.

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