Wow!  We are just two weeks away from our Celebration of the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I just want to remind you how important you are.  Simple actions on your part can make an eternal difference in someone’s life.  Just by giving an invitation to someone to come to church with you can have eternal impact.
We give invitations all the time.  We do e-vites, sometimes, electronically.  We send friend invites on Facebook.  Sometimes they don’t accept them … but that’s another story.  We also have times in our life when we send out bigger invitations:  Graduation invitations or wedding invitations.
Here’s an actual wedding invitation (blooper):  “On Saturday the 14th we request the honor of your presents.”  Did you catch it?  Not presence, PRESENTS!  We knew all the time that’s what it was all about.  (LOL)
Look, invitations matter.  We live in a culture where people expect invitations; they receive invitations, all the time!
In John chapter 1, verses 40-49 we find two invitations that has had eternal significance.  In verse 41, Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah which is the Christ.’    And then there is Philip who responded to Christ’s invitation to follow Him and he immediately looks for his friend Nathaniel and exclaims, ‘We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about.  His name is Jesus … come and see for yourself.’
As a result of Andrew’s invitation Simon, who would come to be known to us as Peter had his life turned inside out and he turned the world upside down and became the leader of the early church.  Nathaniel also becomes a follower of Christ as a result of an invitation.
Your invitation can make an eternal difference!  If Philip did not invite Nathaniel he probably never would have become a follower of Jesus. 
Here’s what I know:  Jesus changes lives.  He changed mine.  2 Timothy 1:10 states “Jesus broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.”   
Jesus wants you to influence people around you towards Him.  Have you ever asked yourself?   “Why am I here?”  You are where you are because God wants to use you there.  Paul tells us in Colossians, “Live wisely among those who are not yet Christians, making the most of every opportunity”  (4:5).  Let’s bring others to Jesus.  Let’s rock the house on Easter Sunday.  “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full” (Luke 14:23, NIV).  Who are you inviting?  It can change their life!  It can change their eternity!

~ Pastor Greg


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