Message for August 14, 2011

And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’  And let him who thirsts come.  Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”  Rev. 22:17

 We are familiar with “The Great Commission” but do not think much about “The Great Invitation.”  The main word in the Great Invitation is “Come.”  When we receive an inviation, it means that an offer has been made and we must decide how we will respond to the offer.  Invitations usually have certain conditions attached.  There can be a cost, time restriction, expiration date, or other conditions required to qualify you for the offer.  With the Great Invitation there is no condition other than come.  It is a standing invitation.  Whenever we decide to take the offer, we are immediately welcomed.
    There is nothing to be done on our part but respond to the invitation given.  There is no self preparation necessary.  We do not need to change a thing.  The words of the most notable invitational hymn tell the story.  “Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidest me come to thee, oh, Lamb of God I come.  I come.” 

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