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 in.


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 invite others.

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.


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