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December 31, 2022

Sharing God's Gentle Invitations


Come to Me

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

God gently, honestly, humbly, and lovingly invites each person into a relationship with Him. A simple truth often shown through our connections and actions toward others. We can all share God’s joy, and our testimony, through kind gestures and affirming words, which are good illustrations of how God invites us into a relationship.

A Point of Need

Years ago, I was at a laundromat and a woman noticed that I had run out of detergent. She offered me hers, along with related supplies to keep. A lanyard worn by this kind stranger and her words indicated a Christian affiliation. She saw me at a point of practical need and offered to assist me. This small gesture, an act of service, illustrates the nudges God shows through others on a daily basis.

A Moment to Be Kind

In addition to some great ideas on our Kindness and Gratitude in Action blog, here are also some practical examples of actions we can all take this season to share God’s love for others, the gentle invitation of demonstrating our faith:

-Donate a small amount of time and money to a charity you admire.

-Shovel a neighbor’s driveway.

-Run an errand with or for a single dad or mom.

-Make a meal and package up leftovers for someone.

-Buy gas for a stranger and let them know that you said a prayer for them.

“The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Relationship Building Opportunities

-Invite someone you know to MyCity Church.

-Take an action or two to strengthen an important relationship.

-Tell someone why you are grateful for them.  This can be a friend, family member or waiter at a restaurant.

-Accept a compliment by saying “Thank you.”

-Follow-up and find out how a prayer request is being lived out.

-Give credit to someone for helping build your faith.

-Make a phone call to a friend.  

-Forgive someone and take steps to rebuild the friendship.

Why Small Actions Matter

God encourages us to build a relationship with Him and to know the Holy Spirit. Daily prayer and sharing of His love are well within our grasp. Money is not necessary to know God or let others know they matter. Having a Servant's Heart is more meaningful and powerful than we realize.

Simply being thoughtful of others puts into practice our gratitude. These nudges toward others can help us ease into action, such as prayer, reflection, meditation and study, practical ways of putting effort and love into the relationship with God. These same actions are door openers for others to ask about your faith and may open their mind and heart to your testimony.

His Invitation
“Come follow me, Jesus said “ and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17 (NIV)

This brief verse summarizes a gentle and loving invitation offered to everyone. Come and follow Jesus. He asks and He knocks, but He won’t force you to do anything. He shows His love for us and extends His grace to us even when we don’t want it or deserve it. And that is why we are so drawn to His invitation, for it’s “God’s kindness that leads us to repentance” (Romans 2:4). So will you accept His invitation? Will you let Him in? Jesus came to us, now it’s our turn to draw near to Him. And as we draw near to Him, may we extend that same gentle and loving invitation to others as He did so lovingly and graciously to us.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

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