by Pastor Mark Jordan
Yesterday we looked at how you should come to Jesus with reverence and awe — not just paying lip service, because Jesus paid for your salvation with His life. Today I want to dig a little deeper, so to speak, to look more at the idea of coming to God.
In today’s verse, we read these words from Jesus: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17, NIV).
I love what we can unpack here.
First, Jesus said that the Spirit and the bride say come. The Spirit, of course, refers to God’s Holy Spirit, which beckons us to come to God. It is at work in your.
Secondly, Jesus mentions the bride. The bride is an analogy for the church (see Ephesians 5:25). So, we read here that the Church says, “Come.” This is, of course, what we do on a daily and weekly basis with our daily water devotions and in weekly worship. It is an invitation to come closer to God, and drink deeply from His Spirit.
Thirdly — and this is where some proverbial rubber meets the road — we read that the one who hears must also say, “Come.” This means that you who hear the Good News of Jesus can’t just be a receptacle for Christ’s invitation, you must also be a conduit! Think about the implication that has for your life. Jesus said we receive the invitation so we can relay the invitation. This isn’t something just for you to ponder in your heart, but to promote to everyone you know.
As we inch closer to Christmas, with whom can you share that invitation to come? It might mean eternity for someone else, as well as draw you closer to the Lord. For God says to come; the church offers and invites, too; so will you do your part and invite someone into the presence of Christ? I pray you will!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the invitation from you and your church to draw closer to you during this holy season. Help me to find someone else with whom I can share that same invitation. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.