Read John 1:35-42
Invitation. I’ve learned that it is powerful. As I look back on my life, I can see the power of invitation and how God used it to direct me to where He wanted me to be.
Invitations that have extended to me have come in different forms. They’ve sounded different, they’ve used different words, but each, in its context, was a clear invitation.
“Well, Dave, I’d really like you to consider…”
“Have you ever thought about…?”
“Why don’t you come with me to…?”
“What do you think would happen if you were to…?
“What do you think God is doing here?
Invitations are powerful. They caused me to think differently.
Invitations are defining. They forced me to choose an option.
Invitations are life changing. As a little boy in Kindergarten, a teacher lovingly challenged our class to consider accepting the forgiveness of Jesus. Not long after that challenge, with childlike faith, as I lay in my bed one night, I opened my heart to Jesus and asked for His forgiveness for my sin; a simple invitation but remarkably life changing.
One of the earliest examples of evangelism was an invitation. Andrew, on the heels of Jesus’ invitation to him (“Come…”), extended an invitation to his brother, Simon. But I want you to notice something. The text says,
“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon… And he brought him to Jesus.”
The first thing Andrew did after he began following Jesus was to invite his brother. We all know how that turned out. God used Simon Peter to start the Church on the Day of Pentecost, and Peter became one of the foundational pillars of the Church.
Church history is replete with stories of how a simple invitation changed the course of someone’s life. Chances are you are one of them. Someone invited you to church. Someone invited you to a Bible study. Someone invited you to read the Bible or a tract. Someone invited you to follow Jesus.
So extend that same favor to someone else: invite. Invite someone far from God to Welcome Weekend, and just see what God does. And don’t just stop there, keep inviting. Who knows what God will do through an invitation extended in faith.