In Luke 14, the Lord Jesus was attending a dinner given by a ruler of the Pharisees, and He took the occasion to teach them through two parables about humility and compassion in the kingdom of God. Leading up to the parable of the Great Banquet, he gives these instructions when it comes to hosting a dinner, “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” In context, I believe that Jesus is instructing these men to reach out to those who are literally poor and disabled, but their physical condition aptly describes the spiritual condition of people who don’t know Christ as their Savior. The point is that we ought to intentionally reach out to people who have the greatest needs, physically and spiritually, to introduce them to the Savior and have their needs met by Him. We need to invite the spiritually poor and disabled to taste and see the goodness of the Lord through the gift of His Son who offers forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
Resurrection Sunday known to the world as Easter Sunday will be upon us in just a little over six weeks. Church services on this holiday are without a doubt the highest attended services within a year by those who rarely or never attend church. Many of these people are spiritually poor and disabled not having a relationship with Jesus Christ. This year, we ought to take advantage of this great opportunity to intentionally reach out to these needy people and invite them to hear about the love and sacrifice of our Savior on Easter Sunday. That is what the “Invite your one” campaign, which we introduced last Sunday, is all about!
We have made invitation cards to give to those who you invite which will serve as a reminder to them of where and when our Easter services will be held. You can find these cards at just about every entrance to the church. Take as many as you think you will actually hand out. Then we also have made up a prayer card where you can write the name of the person you invited, and it will be posted near the welcome center as a reminder to us all to pray for those invited. Pray that the Spirit of God will be at work in their hearts; pray that nothing will hindered them from coming; pray that they would receive the truth of the Gospel as Pastor Michael presents it clearly and powerfully. Our goal is that every person in our congregation would invite at least one person who may be spiritually needy. The “banquet table” will be set and ready for as many who will come! Our prayer is that God will send us enough people to fill His “table.” Let’s be faithful to go out and invite!
Jon Dillon, Discipleship Pastor