Have you ever not been invited to a party?
Maybe you’ve seen people posting about a big party or event that you missed.
Maybe you were left off the list of friends going out to dinner.
Maybe the boss picked somebody else for the opportunity you felt you deserved.
Maybe the coach selected others for the team.
Most of us know what it’s like to be left out or uninvited. It can be awful.
Maybe that’s why Jesus is so intent on teaching his followers to be inviters.
He doesn’t want anybody left out.
He longs that all be invited, that everybody discovers the gift of grace he gave to the world. His compassion compelled him to teach his followers to be inviters.
Plenty of people need an invitation. If you know Jesus, you have unlimited invitations to hand out. Apparently, people are ready to be invited. The harvest is ready. The workers, the inviters, are scarce. What might happen if we all started inviting? We might incite some partying. Check this out . . .
Jesus told that story in an effort to illustrate what happens in heaven when just one person understands God’s love and meets the Savior. A party breaks out. Celebration ensues. It’s a big deal to God when people who need him meet him. And he lets you and me carry the invitations. That’s a big deal. We’ve got a big job.
So if you know Jesus and you want to invite people to the party, maybe this week you can start to make your guest list. Then take some time and make praying for your invitees a regular part of your week.
Jesus wants you to be a harvest-gathering, sheep-finding, party-starting inviter.
Start some parties.
Triple dog dare.