Our hope needs to transcend our circumstances. Our trust in Jesus needs to triumph over anything else. As we seek to influence others, we need to let them see our hope drives our behavior.
The Lord’s invitation. Has it evolved into a trite plea, just a sermon wrap up? It is more than a call for the one time deliverance from sin. Is it just about a series of steps we take to have our sins forgiven? It is the adoption of a whole new lifestyle, a whole different way to live. It is turning to the Lord.
We need people to know we are all about Jesus. He IS our life. The Lords invitation is an impassioned plea to grasp life itself.
Wealth, goodness, security and victory are the themes that proceed the invitation in Isa. 55. Jesus repeats the invitation in Matt 5:6. Acts 3:19 - therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Ho! Getting your attention. When people sense the lesson is about to end and the invitation is about to be formulated, songbooks come out, or used to, and attention is minimal to what is about to be offered. The offer of the gospel is the richest meal you will ever partake of.
And it’s free, so what is the catch? Well, it will require something from you, it will require all of you. You will have to alter your course.
We have to realize all other offers are unsatisfying, are finite. This offer is eternal, it is forever, it is infinitely better.
So what is your hope built on? What gets your foremost attention, elicits your most zeal? If it is not the Lord, it is sinking sand, whatever it is. God is to be the object, Psalm 42:1.
It is an extraordinary offer. In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads for people to be transformed. God wants your heart.
Rev. 22:14, 15, 17 - the Spirit and the bride say Come!