An Inviting Power!?!

Do you sometimes wonder if you will get one? Yes, it would mean a lot if one did come your way! The want of one hits deep, for to receive it makes you feel special. It says you can be part of this if you want! I know that’s how I feel when I get one, and when it’s personal it’s even more compelling. When some have received one it has literally made their day, and even changed their lives!

What is this one thing that is so powerful? It’s the power of an invitation. You know, when you get invited to that exclusive event, that happening activity, that special social gathering, or that fun party. You feel special, included, like someone wants you to join them, like you belong. Receiving an invitation is wonderful. Now sure, an invitation or summons to a court case may not be all that enticing. But an invitation to a special premier, a private showing, or an elite gathering is appealing.

One life changing invitation came as Jason was invited by his friends to a winter camp. Jason would not have gone had we not invited him…personally. I was on campus that day and hanging out with some students from our youth group (this was some years back when I was a youth pastor). Jason was eating with his friends and we were talking about an upcoming winter camp and how fun it was going to be. I looked at Jason, and alone with his friends, we invited him to join us…and he did, and the first night of camp I invited Jason to receive the Lord and he did! It was life changing, all because of an invitation.

Jesus was constantly inviting people…

Matthew 4:18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.

Wow how powerful was that invitation? As well this one:

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

And in both Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15 (yep, if you don’t know these verses look them up!) Jesus invites us to invite others to learn about and know Jesus. That’s both daunting and exciting at the same time. Yet, Jesus will be with us, guide us, and help us along the way.

So, here we are, just a few weeks before Easter week…an excellent time to invite friends to hear about Jesus. You could be used like Jason’s friends were used as you invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, people you bump into, go to school with, see at the story, the barista at your coffee shop, and even people you see as you are walking around…you could invite them to church this Easter!

You see, the truth is, many people around you really would like to go to church this Easter. They do want to think about spiritual things, and they even desire to connect with God, but they will most likely not get there on their own. Your personal invitation could make all the difference in the world to them, so why not give it a try? Prayerfully, personally invite people to church this Easter.

Here at Cypress church we have a whole week of events to invite people to.

Palm Sunday, April 1st at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m.
Good Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 7th at 4, 5 & 6 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 8th at 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Your invitation is powerful…why not use it?

Seeking to invite people to Easter with you,

Mike

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