Now there are legitimate excuses for missing events. There are health problems, work conflicts, and prior engagements. But what constitutes a legitimate reason for ignoring or rejecting an invitation from God? Some people find God threatening, they see His authority as a diminution of their own sovereignty. Others carry resentment against God, nursing a grievance from a loss or disappointment. Many don’t believe the invitation is genuine, or they think a God gathering will be inevitably dull or pedestrian.
The church exists to issue God’s invitation in a way that His children will not resent or misunderstand.
Do you know anyone who doesn’t understand God’s invitation?
What issue underlies their confusion?
FAMILY TIME— A Christian is God’s love letter to the world. Talk about this.
WEEK 2 “GOD’S GUEST LIST”
Invitations are risky. There are some parties you have to attend, like the ones thrown by your company or your boss or your sponsor. Not attending would risk your career or compromise your enterprise. But other parties are optional. Do they fit in the calendar? Will you enjoy the company? Are you in the mood? There are many factors that go into accepting or refusing an invitation. That means that from the point of view of the host, invitations are risky. Potential guests may decline, and the prospect of rejection hovers over every request.
God is the great inviter. Many people reject His invitations to life, to love, to celebration, to relationship.
What invitations have shaped your life?
Have you ever had an invitation rejected? How did it feel?
FAMILY TIME— How did the proposal moment happen in your relationship? Discuss with your kids the emotions that were involved? How is this like faith commitment?