An Invitation

An Invitation
A very dear friend of mine, Jeff Phillips, once invited me to a very special banquet at Clemson University to honor his late father. Before his passing, Jeff’s father was “The Voice of the Clemson Tigers”, Jim Phillips. I really admired and appreciated Jim, but I was unsure if I should accept Jeff’s invitation because I felt like I would be out of place. But I accepted Jeff’s gracious invitation and met him at the banquet room at Clemson.
I had no idea what to expect and it turned out that they were honoring Jeff’s dad at the end of year basketball banquet for Clemson basketball. At that time, Oliver Purnell was the head basketball coach and I was a huge fan of his coaching and style. When we arrived for the banquet, I was shocked to see that we were seated with Coach Purnell and his wife at their table. I was in awe! I was honored to sit right beside him and we had some great conversations. I will never forget it and I was so glad that I accepted Jeff’s invitation.
There is an incredible and even more gracious invitation in Scripture. It is found in Isaiah 1:18 as God said “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.’”
In this passage, the Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, appeals to mankind with a simple invitation, “Come”. His offer is to make you clean if you will simply turn from your sins and come to Him. All of your sins forgiven. A fresh start. He simply says “come”.
This is one of the most powerful and profound invitations in Scripture and it is offered by God Himself. Have you accepted God’s invitation? If you have, the great thing about this invitation is that you can share it with others. Invite them to come to church. Invite them to come to your Small Group. Invite them to come to an outreach event like this Saturday’s church-wide picnic. Invite them to come to faith in Jesus by sharing the Gospel with them.
Jeff’s invitation gave me a chance to meet one of my favorite people, your invitation can help someone meet God.
These are your Words for Wednesday.
Just a reminder about this Saturday’s Picnic at Harris Lake Park at the Longleaf Shelter. We eat at noon but come early and socialize. Please bring a side, a dessert and INVITE a friend! Have a great rest of your week!
 In Christ,
Kevin

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