14th July 2011

You Are Invited…

“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.”
Psalm 96:8 (NKJV)

Recently my wife and I were invited to a family get-together.  It was a really pleasurable experience with a charming mix of all ages from my father-in-law, who is nearly 90, to the youngest grand-niece, who is only a few months old.  What a delight to see how the young ones are growing, and so quickly too.  Get-togethers are special times when reconnections are made in a special way even though we come across one another fairly often.

Do you know that God invites us to a get-together every week?  And can you believe that some who are invited don’t accept the invitation?  Imagine the Queen inviting you to a garden party and you write back saying, “Sorry, I’ve got something more important on—maybe another time.”  I doubt in that case there would be another time.  But God’s invitation is repeated every week whether you accept it or not—today it’s called ‘Church’!

Our family get-together was set around a delicious pot luck meal to which every family contributed.  There was an abundance of tasty main courses and desserts to satisfy every palate.  The conversation was also very exciting as we caught up with how everyone was doing and shared in their life experiences.

God’s get-together is also set around a meal, but this meal is spiritual, and satisfies long after any physical food would have served its purpose.  Fellowship also features strongly at this get-together and, here again, the heart of this is spiritual, feeding our very soul as we are joined in this by Jesus himself.  What an opportunity to learn how everyone is doing in their walk with God.  What a delight when we see someone grow or come boldly through a trial.  What an opportunity to encourage one another in our many difficulties.  What an opportunity to grow in our relationship with our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews was concerned about those who rejected God’s invitation to his get-together.  Notice what he had to say:  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Let us not fail to bring honour to God’s name and let us reap the benefits of regular acceptance of God’s invitation.

Father in Heaven, thank  you for your regular invitation to your get-together.  Stir in me the desire to spend time with you and my brethren at these opportunities, and not to be distracted by things that are not important.  Thank you for your patience toward me and the grace that you constantly extend.

Study by David Stirk

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One Response to “14th July 2011”

  1. John Magowan on July 14th, 2011 8:58 am

    Encouraging stuff, David, and something we all need to take to heart.
    Sharing time in the presence of God and with his people is a joy and a privilege, and gives us something to look forward to each week.

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