My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, December 31, 2011
A Big Wedding Party
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears
say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes
take the water of life without cost.
(Revelation 22:17 NASB)
We come to the close John's Revelation and we find ourselves at a
wedding party. The Groom, Christ, and his Bride, the Church, are united
together in the new heaven and the new earth. And they are still
inviting those who haven't joined in -- to join in. God is patient, He
doesn't want anyone to miss out on what He has to offer. And he offers
that best drink possible at the party -- and he says it's all for free.
You see, He has already paid for it. You just have to come and join
Today is New Year's Eve. All around the world people are throwing
parties. Friends will gather together to talk, reminisce, play games --
watch games, etc. It will be a great time of simply gathering and
enjoying fellowship with one another. We love parties.
God loves parties too and He's inviting us to His party.
But today I'm concerned about the lack of response. Why do there
seem to be fewer and fewer who are responding to the invitation? What
challenges me is that God's invitation hasn't changed, and if His
invitation hasn't changed, what makes the difference? Could it be us,
those that make up the Church who have changed?
Almost every day I receive e-mails from companies that want to sell
me something that will help a church evangelize and get the word out to
more people. The reality is that we shouldn't need any type of fancy
marketing plan to get the word out. If every person who is passionate
about Jesus Christ would simply share that good news with everyone that
they touch -- it would change the world. If every follower of Christ
were excited about going to the wedding party -- they would want to
Maybe we should reevaluate our passion for the Groom. When a young
person falls in love they want the world to know. They practically feel
as if their heart were bursting from their chest. Where is our
passion? In this New Year, may we again seek the face of God and ask
Him to reignite the fire of passion about loving God, serving God and
inviting others to the party! Personally, I don't want anyone to miss
out on the Big Wedding Party!
Lord, please ignite that passion to love and serve You in me. Amen.