“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Friday, September 26, 2008

Steps to Peace with God Step 4

I had a brunch at my house yesterday. I chose to only invite the ladies who sit at my Bible Study table on Tuesdays and two of the women ministry leaders.

I have to admit that I feel a little bad... that is... not inviting you... but the point was to create an environment that was conducive to building strong relationships for this small group.

And even after choosing my guests, some of them decided to refuse the invitation. Yes, they had their excuses... work, doctor appointment, weekly staff meeting. I mean can you believe it? They were invited... but they didn't come! They turned down my personal invitation... for their own reasons... whether justified or not (of course, they all were!)... they did not accept.

They were chosen... but they did not choose to accept.

They had a choice.

You didn't.

You did not receive an invitation. So, you could not make a choice... because there was no invitation given.

Okay... so I've been a little extreme haven't I? You know that I would love for you to come over for a visit... even now I am sitting in my garden wishing you were here... but think about it...

Have you ever wondered why we would have to choose to be chosen? God invites everyone to become His child. To be His chosen. But... He has given us a choice... we need to receive His invitation and accept the invitation. It seems simple. Or does it?

What would be a reason that someone would not accept Christ as their Lord? Could it be pride? or anger? or lack of understanding? or misinterpretation?

We have the privilege and right to vote this year. We get to choose. And in four years, again, and in another four years, again.

But this choice... this "vote" is for eternity. Your eternity. Here is your personal invitation.

Step 4: Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.

The Bible says ...

"Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."

—Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

"Yet to all who received him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God."

—John 1:12 (NIV)

"That if you confess with your mouth,
'Jesus is Lord,'
and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved."

—Romans 10:9 (NIV)

Where are you?


BP said...

This was very thought provoking, I liked the questions you asked. It is hard for me to see why someone would say no to this choice. I guess that is what faith is all about.

Tammy said...

What a lovely post. I can't imagine not saying yes to God. I would bring the tea if I was coming for a brunch with you. Have a blessed weekend.