An Easter Invitation
How many of us would like a fresh start in many areas of life, to press the refresh button, or have a cleaned slate to write on each day. No need to brood over yesterday’s messes. They can be erased, just bring them to Jesus. (He has a Magic Eraser, you know). Revelation 21:5 says, “He makes all things new.” And Hebrews 4:15 says, “Come boldly (some versions say with confidence) to the Throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find help in time of need.”
I love that. I, you, can boldly come to the Throne of a Holy God no matter how undeserving. Oftentimes we can’t change things we’ve done, but we can find new mercy for them. And is there anyone who doesn’t need His help, His mercy, His love? It seems to be what the world is looking so desperately for but is looking in all the wrong places to find. And it’s simply at the foot of the Cross. So simple, and yet so profound.
I’m so glad I got up at 4:30, even though I hadn’t slept much after going to bed after midnight. The stillness and silence of the early morning enables us to hear Him so much clearer than when the sun is up, the dog is asking to go out, and life for that day is beginning. Our world is loud and busy and tends to drown out His still small voice. We so desperately need to,”Be still…and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
How many of us long to hear from God? Many times we just don’t take the time to be still long enough to hear Him. Or we can be too busy handing Him our list of wants and not-necessarily needs. It’s kind of like texting—we don’t really want or have time for a conversation with the person, we just want to say what we need to say, and then, check, that’s off our list. Quick and easy, like we want everything else in this life. But when we are mindful of what He has done for us (it wasn’t easy!) in order to make that relationship possible and how much He wants to be with us, oh the sweet time we share! (He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5)
“In 1 Kings 19:11-13 we see the story of Elijah who wanted a big sign. I was just like Elijah looking for some massive sign from God, hoping that someone would take me by the hand and tell me straight to my face what I needed to hear. I looked for signs and wonders or maybe hoping to hear it from a preacher at church. But I didn’t need a massive storm or wind, I just need to sit down with God the Father (emphasis mine).
Sometimes we want a big bang. We want God to come down from heaven and appear in the flesh and say exactly what we want to hear. But that’s not how it works, is it? You see, God always gives us exactly what we need. And exactly what we need is for God to speak to us. All it takes is for us to sit with God, commune with God and He can change your entire life in one breath.”
Like me, I’m sure you’ve received all kinds of invitations–showers, weddings, birthday parties, Tupperware parties… Once I was even un-invited…lol! “Oops! We didn’t mean to send you that!”
And invitations are seldom free. They often cost us, usually for something we’re encouraged to purchase or a gift we’re expected to bring.
I’ve seen all kinds of invitations–colorful ones, plain ones, some more creative than others. My daughter and I worked feverishly to create the perfect unique invitation for her wedding. We even made the envelopes! It was quite a feat! But our Lord went to so much more trouble than that to provide Hisinvitation. He gave His very life. He paid the price for our sins! His invitation isfree! All He asks is for us to “Come…”
And you can be sure, His invitation is never revoked!