Ultimate Invitation

 

InvitationI enjoy a good invite. A few weeks ago, I received a formal invitation to my oldest grandson’s birthday party. The theme was Mickey Mouse! Of course, I made plans to be there. The party was yesterday and we most definitely had fun with him, family and friends. Invitations are most always optional. If it was mandatory the language would be different. There are some invitations that I’ve received that I “felt” were mandatory or I “needed” to be there. The Lord has given the ULTIMATE INVITATION – He invites me to eternal life. He also invites me to enjoy the abundant life while I’m here on earth.

John is wrapping up his revelation and he hears from Jesus, himself. The Lord gives a profound declaration and invitation. Check this out…

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22:16-17 NLT)

I am responding to the invitation of the Lord each day. I have surrendered my life to Him. I have been baptized and I’m walking out my faith in Him daily. I stumble often, but through confession and repentance, He restores my soul. His forgiveness is complete. When He introduced me to His grace, I was blown away. I look for Him to invite me into closer fellowship with Him as I daily seek His face. I seek His heart through His Word and my heart is molded and changed.

The invitation from the Lord has changed everything about my life. I’ve RSVP’d to Him and I’m committed to His call upon my life. He offers life-giving water. He offers the life-sustaining Presence of God. He Lights my path because He’s the Light of The World! I’m blown away that He welcomes me into His family. This is one invitation that doesn’t just stay on the refrigerator but I carry it with me everywhere.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Open Invite

 

InvitationI remember going to my grandma’s (aka Mammie) house when I was a kid. I never needed to call ahead; I could just go visit at any time. I knew that I had an open invite to her house any time. I loved popping in and visiting with her while she worked on a quilt, or was cooking a meal or simply reading and studying her Bible. There was something very special about my relationship with Mammie. She actually had a tremendous impact upon my life and I’m not sure she realized it. I learned about the details of her life more during the “pop in” visits than at any other time. She was the real deal and she was consistently who she said she was.

When Solomon finished the temple, he brought in the furnishings and the treasury that his dad, King David had amassed. The preparations were made and the Ark of The Covenant was moved into the Most Holy Place in the temple. They offered great sacrifices and celebrated the Temple a place for God to dwell. Something special happened during their worship that was powerful. Check this out…

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;

    his love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NIV)

When the glory of the Lord settles in – whatever I’m doing or not doing must surrender to what He’s doing. I love this –the Lord showed up and showed out in the midst of their time of worship and dedication.

As I’ve grown in my faith, I realize that the Lord doesn’t “pop in” on my life – He is actually with me always. I’ve extended an open invite to the Lord to come into my life and stay. I’ve also learned that the Lord doesn’t make His home in a building made with hands – He lives and dwells in the heart of His people.

I love being part of worship when the glory of the Lord can be felt. I believe He is ALWAYS there in worship. His Presence is felt and noticed sometimes more than others. I think it takes me a minute to push out the noise and distractions to simply be in His Presence. He has an open invite inside my heart and my life. I love that His Presence disrupted the worship – that is a good thing.

The Lord always has an open invite to have His glory disrupt my worship. He is the object of my worship and my praise. I would be an idiot to become frustrated with trying to worship and the Person I’m worshipping show up in His Glory. He has an open invite into my life and my worship any time. I know that He has extended an open invite for me to come before Him any time – night or day.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Open Invite

InvitationI love an open invitation. There no pressure, I can come anytime – I’m always invited. My kids have an open invitation to come home to visit at anytime. An appointment is not required. I also have some dear friends that I will move my schedule around so that I can accommodate them on their schedule. I love this passage in Isaiah where it’s clear that the Lord has offered me an Open Invitation to come to Him. Check this out….

1 ‘Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
3 Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.Jesus
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,’
declares the Lord.
9 ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:1,3,6-9 NIV)

 

The Lord doesn’t expect me to “dress up” for His invite. He calls me as I am. He wants to grow me and change me more into His Likeness. I want my thoughts to be a reflection of His thoughts. I want my heart to reflect the Heart of God. I can change me – Only He can do that. My role is willingness and surrender of my life. He can take the mess I’ve made of things and make them into something beautiful and productive.

This passage reminded me of a great song by David Crowder called “Come As You Are”. Please listen. It’s an open invite from the Lord to come as you are to Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne