It means you have been accepted and included. It means there is a place for you in the activity at hand.
I’ve been invited and uninvited to special events. I’ve been thought of and forgotten. I vividly remember the long walk home after I was asked to leave an event at a not so gracious hostess’ home one evening in college.
An invitation takes you from being a casual observer to an active participant. It cuts through every potential barrier and puts you on the inside of the action.
One of Jesus’ greatest frustrations was the exclusive nature of the Jewish faith in his day. Jesus gave this fiery rebuke to the teachers of the law:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” – Matthew 23:13
But, you have been invited to the party! The ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus are your invitation to participate in the abundant life. The only limitations you have are the ones you have placed on yourself. Nobody has the power to limit who you are in Christ.
My friends, God is doing amazing things among us. It is an overwhelming joy to be a part of the transformation of lives and healing of the broken. And you can be a participant, not just a spectator.
I invite you to take your next step in ministry. I believe God is calling you to join in the work He is doing. How will you respond to His invitation?
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” – 2 Peter 1:3-4