Around this time of year, invitations fill our mail boxes and inboxes — graduations, showers, weddings, etc. Which ones can we attend? What gifts should we buy? As we continue our summer study of 2 Corinthians, I want to highlight an invitation we have all received more than once –
THE FATHER’S INVITATION TO WHOLEHEARTED LIVING.
In 2 Corinthians 6:4 Paul says, “in everything and in every way we show we are truly God’s servants.”
This invitation to living fully committed to the Father and His kingdom is not for those looking for a continual party filled with laughter, fun, gifts and great food. No. Although those things may be a part of our journey, let’s hit the highlights of verses 5-9 and see what an invitation to this life held for Paul and may also hold for us – beatings, prison, sleeplessness, hunger and character assassination. Are you ready to RSVP, yet?
THE TRUTH IS THAT LIFE HAS BOTH JOY AND HEARTACHE WHETHER YOU ARE A CHRIST FOLLOWER OR NOT.
The acceptance of God’s invitation to live wholeheartedly for Him will not keep us from hard times and pain. That RSVP will, however, give us an indescribably wonderful gift that Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 6:18, “‘you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.'”
Have you responded to the Father’s invitation? If you have, are you taking advantage of all that it means to be His son or daughter?
Read, mediate on and memorize Romans 8:15-17 –
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons [and daughters] by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”
By Penny Allison – Women’s Pastor