THEME: Telling others about Jesus.
OBJECT: An invitation and envelope -- addressed and stamped.
SCRIPTURE: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
Have you ever given a party? Have you ever been invited to a party? The first step
in planning and having a party is to decide what kind of party you will have.
you decide who is going to be invited and you send invitations to all of the people
that you want to come to your party.
I have an invitation this morning. As you can
see, the envelope has a name on it, an address, and there is a stamp on the envelope.
Once I take this invitation to the Post Office and put in the mailbox, it is their
job to deliver the invitation. When you mail an invitation, does the Post Office decide
which ones they will deliver and which ones they won't? No, of course not.
their responsibility to deliver all of the invitations that are mailed. The Post
Office can't say, "We are pretty busy today, if we don't deliver these invitations,
maybe someone else will tell the people about the party."
What if it is raining? Can the Post Office say,
"It is raining today and if we go out to deliver these invitations, we might get
wet so we will wait until it stops raining?" No, the invitation has been sent and it must be
delivered, come rain or shine. If they wait until the weather is just right, the
invitation might be too late.
Did you know that Jesus has sent an invitation? His invitation says, "Come!" Whoever
is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water
of life." Jesus has also decided who is to be invited. Everyone is invited! The
invitation is addressed to "whoever wishes to come." Now it is time to deliver the
invitation. Do you know who Jesus has chosen to deliver the invitation? You and me!
In the verses of the Bible that we call "The Great Commission," he told us to go
everywhere and tell everyone about his love for them! Jesus has sent the invitation
and he has given the job of delivering it to you and to me. Busy or not, rain or
shine -- we must deliver the message before it's too late.
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you loved us and invited us to come unto you. We ask
you to help us to be faithful in delivering your invitation to others. Amen.