Think. Pray. Invite.
Think. Pray. Invite. I must admit, those words have been on my mind for weeks. I have thought about them in regards to our church this Easter and in my own personal life.
There is no doubt that Christ followers are to be people who live, point and draw people to Jesus. It's one of Jesus' most important teachings to us. In fact, some of the best stories of life change in the gospels are about inviting others. Stories like this one:
That's an invite. It happened over and over again in scripture. It's happened throughout history. It has even happened in your life. Someone invited you to know Christ. To consider Christ. To process. To pray. To take a step. It always starts with an invitation.
So, why don't we do this? Why don't we do it more often? We all have our reasons. Maybe it's a fear of rejection or a worry that I might stumble over my words. Maybe it's that I'm just too busy to take the time to see it's value. Whatever the reason, we can all do better. We can all make a difference in at least one person's life this Easter. Here's a strategy; think, pray, invite.
Think. Just take some time today to think. Think about who in your life matters. Think about who you'd love to see experience Christ. Think about the people in your everyday life that may not know Christ or even go to church. The co-worker. The person who serves you at your favorite restaurant. The parents on your kid's soccer team. You friend in study hall. The neighbors that you talk to on the driveway. Think about those real names and real people. Then write it down somewhere. Why? Because if you are like me, even though you think about it, it's so easy to forget. That list reminds me of who is important and why this is important.
Pray. Trust me, if you pray God will listen and yes, He will respond. Now, when you do talk to God, you don't need to talk to Him about whether or not you should invite. Jesus already tells us to do it, so that's a done deal. But here is what we can pray for. Pray that God will give you an opportunity this week. Pray that God will give you the courage to step up. Pray that God will give you the wisdom to listen. Pray that God will challenge you to see your friends the way he sees them. Maybe pray this way; 'God, will you help me reach out and invite this week? Will you help me have no excuses? Will you open up my friends to respond to you God?' God will do his part and answer. That I can promise.
Invite. That means we have to do our part too. We have to invite. How? How about in simple conversation while you are all watching your kids play soccer? 'We have these cool Egg Dash Events for kids at our church. We'd love for you guys to come with us this Easter'. How about in a text? 'Do you have plans for Easter? I'd love for you to attend Easter service with me and go out for lunch afterward. I promise you'll have a good time.'
How about having some fun with those EggVites? Do it as a family by dropping them off in yards, on front porches or at baseball practice. Grab a handful of invite cards and pass them out at your business or the people you come into contact with this week. It's even so simple to go on our Facebook or Instagram page and share like crazy our Easter pictures and videos with the words, 'You are invited to be my guest this Easter.' There are all kinds of ways to invite!
I was meeting with one of my friends this week at Starbucks. While we were meeting he ran into someone he had met before. We were introduced. And in the middle of the conversation, my friend simply asked what his acquaintance was doing for Easter. Actually, we tag-teamed just a bit. I had the card, he had the conversation. Anyways, the Easter invite happened in the next few seconds among other conversations of life, busyness, and music. No pressure. No guilt. Just a Jesus follower being an inviter.
That's what you and I are called to do with our lives. It's what I'm challenging all of us to do this Easter. Think. Pray. Invite. After that, God is the one who changes lives!
So, who are you inviting this Easter? Who are you saying to, 'Come see for yourself.'