When you are invited to an event, you feel wanted. You know the person thought enough of you to share in the moment they have created for themselves. You’re free to mingle and converse with the other guests without any reservations.
On the flip side, if you’re not invited, thoughts cross your mind about the relationship between you and the host or if you were invited at the last minute, your mind begins to wonder if the hosts really wanted you there. That may have not been the case but our flesh will have a plan an entire scenario that is wrong.
Have you ever showed up uninvited to an event? How did it make you feel? Were you welcomed? Was the point you were trying to prove of any value or did it make matters worse?
It’s a fact of life that when a relationship is forced, there is no true expression of real love and sincerity. But when you want to be with someone, you are willing to take them as they are, and work together as being one.
Come to me… (Matthew 11:28)
Draw near to me…(James 4:8)
Choose this day…(Joshua 24:15)
Follow me…(Luke 9:23)
All of these are examples of invitations that the Lord has given us. The Lord wants us to want Him in our lives. He will not just show up as an uninvited guest.
If we are to have a relationship with Jesus, that means we are in constant communication with Him. For example:
- Did you ask Him to help you prepare for the stressful meeting on your job?
- Did you ask Him to help with identifying a solution to the problem?
- Did you ask Him to help you articulate clearly what has to be said and done?
- Did you ask if He would protect your children, open their understanding to learn and not to be intimidated by their classmates if they need to ask a question or obtain clarity? Or…did you just send them to the bus stop?
- Did you ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in HIS word today, so that you can encourage those He would send to you for direction?
- Did you ask Him to help you determine what must be accomplished today?
Wait- before we get all technical, did you even speak to Him this morning?
Rejection isn’t just an emotion. It’s a message that we send when we do not feel like being bothered.
What message did you send to the Lord today? Do you think He felt accepted or rejected? Well, Jesus sent us an invitation. Did you accept or reject?
“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” John 6:35, 37 NLT