28 Apr The Invitation
Do you have your invitation in hand? Do you have your plane tickets to London all booked? Did you buy a new suit? Well, just in case you are one of the rest of us peons who did not receive an invitation to the royal wedding, I have something even better for you. It’s found in II Peter 1. I am going to use The Message paraphrase. Just enjoy. “Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.”
Jesus personally invites us to God. He gives us the wedding garment. Check out Matthew 22. We don’t have to rush out and purchase a new suit. It comes with the invitation and it is very well tailored. It fits us to perfection. Literally. What is really good about this is we are not just invited to watch. We are invited to participate. We now participate in a divine experience. Literally. This is not a wordy empty promise. This is an absolutely terrific promise that says we can actually begin right now living a divine life. When God adopts us into the family we begin to develop family traits.
I have a young man in one of my classes this semester whose father I have known for years. One would not have to tell me which student in the room was his son. He is his father all over. Rubber stamp! This is our invitation.
Written by Roger Bothwell on April 28, 2011
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