Give an invitation
Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi, where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day. John 1:38-39
Point #5 Invite others into your life
Jesus is our greatest example of inviting others to walk through life with Him. He started out with just a few, but His ministry grew to where He had hundreds of people walking with Him each day. They all didn’t work in His ministry, but He never turned anyone away. We can learn a great deal from His leadership model, but the biggest thing is that He invited others to walk through life with Him.
Life looks quite a bit different today than it did in Jesus day. However, we can still invite others into our lives. I’m not talking about social media or some kind of internet connection, I’m talking about inviting others to walk through life with you. We get so caught up in our own little world with work and family, that we don’t make time for connecting with others that may not have the support of family and friends.
One of the easiest ways to make connections with other Christians is in small groups. Whether It’s a spiritual study or a fun activity, small groups are an excellent way to invite others into your life. This is exactly what Jesus did. He started with a small group of believers that He met with regularly and they brought others with them to meet Him. In doing this, the outreach is endless.
You can also invite others into your life by bringing them to church with you or even taking them to a concert or other activity that you have going on in life. The bottom line is, keep an eye out for those who don’t have anyone or who are looking to connect with a group or others for support and friendship. Then invite them to join your life and be there for them when they need encouragement or a helping hand.
Today I want to encourage you to invite others into your life. The truth is that God designed us to be an outreach to those who are alone and disconnected. We are in one of the greatest times of disconnect the world has ever seen. Invite someone to connect with you this week. Make it a practice to invite someone new into your life each week or month. It doesn’t matter how often, but ask God to bring those your way that may be searching. Even if they don’t know it, you could be the one that saves them from destruction.
Today’s scripture reading: John 1:35-51