Text: Matthew 11:28, Matthew 14:28,29
You are invited. You are welcomed by God Himself into this season that is like no other—a time of anticipation, expectation and repentance. A sweet season of invitation.
The hard part is already done! The daunting act of making the first move is covered. Jesus came to us first. He came to the manger then and He comes to your side today. The invitation is yours to accept.
He invites us to His nativity. To see God take on helpless humility for us. To witness centuries of promises and prophecies fulfilled one holy night. You see, the begotten Son of God was actually there, lying in the cold darkness where animals fed, His infinite glory wrapped in finite humanity. He came to that place in time for you, for me, for us. He was there.
So, where are you right now?
Physically, geographically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually—where are you? Are you where you hoped you might be today? Are you close to or far from home? Are you alone? Are you surrounded by people who love you? Are you near to the One who loves you?
Wherever you are, wherever you hoped you might be, let’s not waste another minute before we open our ears to these words of invitation from the Savior Himself:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”
“And he said to all, ‘If any one would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst… and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.’”
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’”
“So he told them this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’”
Do you hear this invitation, friends? Do you hear the Savior calling you in close, calling you from all corners of hope and doubt, joy and disbelief? At home or alone, lost sheep and little children—this is an invitation for all people in all places. Wherever you are and wherever you hoped you might be, He’s not rejecting you, ignoring you or judging you—He’s inviting you. His welcome is all-inclusive. Come to me. Do not be hindered. I will set out to find you—yes, you specifically—and bring you home. You. Are. Invited.
And this invitation? It does not end with us. Because He extends His hand to us, we can extend it to each other as the Body of Christ—to adore together the reality of “God with us.”
Let there be no mistake—this is not an invitation to be good enough. No “Come, Let’s Do All The Holiday Things” or “Come, Clean Yourself Up!”
The invitation is simply, Come.
As we adore the radiant beauty of Christ, our hearts begin to repent, our souls bubble with expectation, and the net of invitation casts out deep and wide, just as it was meant to do all along.
Come, friends. Let us adore Him together today.
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For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to the first track on the player below. Enjoy!
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