I want to challenge you to continue to pray for favor as you look for opportunities to invite people to our Easter service. You will never know how life changing that one invitation can be until you make the ask.
While we can easily reflect on what we have been saved from, it is equally important to reflect on what we have been saved to. We are called to reach those who have yet to experience the life changing power of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:7 “We hold this treasure in earthen vessels…” In other words, we carry the Spirit of God in us, and it is that Spirit, by which we live our lives fully dependent upon, that so many people go through their days without simply because they are unaware of His existence.
Jesus said, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers.” (Luke 10:2 NLT)
Jesus also said, “Do you not say, ’There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest!” (John 4:35 ESV)
What we can take away from these scriptures is that, in reality, it is not that there is a shortage of opportunity to share the Gospel with others, rather a shortage of willing laborers. I wonder how many of these opportunities we can be a part of this week if we are willing to step out, extend the invitation and go the extra mile?
This week, I invite you to step out and challenge yourself to do the same.
Here are some ways we can encourage you to prepare to invite and bring people to church:
- Pray for a sensitivity to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as you look for divine opportunities to extend an invitation to Easter service.
- Pray for the hearts of the people you will invite to be open to receive the invitation, and pray they say “YES”.
- Start with your world – at your dry cleaner, grocery store, gymnasium, office, school, etc. – extend an invitation to those who are already in your world.
- Be willing to go the extra mile! Offer a ride, an invitation to lunch or dinner that same day, and a follow-up if they are someone you just met.
Remember, we may not be able to reach the world individually, but if we reach out to our world, then together we can reach the world.