“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.
What’s the most incredible invitation you’ve ever received?
One of mine was unique and started with a simple invitation wrapped around a wooden arrow. My acceptance of the invitation put me in a two-day living story. Throughout the first day, people would walk in at random times and say rehearsed lines. They presented me with letters, chocolates, cards, and even sang some songs. The day ended, but I was surprised when I woke up the next morning and my college roommate delivered a hefty envelope. Inside I found a beautifully written letter, which included all the lines I’d heard and the gifts presented on the prior day woven into a story. The invitation had put me in an unexpected living story.
As intimate as that was, the invitation from Jesus is much more so! Jesus came so that you and your neighbors may “take the free gift of the water of life.”
Whether online, hand-delivered, or the old-fashioned slow mail kind, invitations can create excitement or dread. You get to choose whether or not to accept them, but there are two invitations you shouldn’t refuse.
AN INVITATION TO TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE:
Jesus’ invitation will point you to love—the love of God—and the God who is love (1 John 4:8). Accepting the water that will quench your thirst will put you on a journey with Christ you could never dream possible.
AN INVITATION TO BRING OTHERS WITH YOU:
There is nothing sweeter than delivering an invitation to someone who accepts it gladly and follows Jesus. Delivering the invitation may begin as you build a relationship—as you stop and talk with your neighbor and learn more about them.
In the online course, Women Leaders from the Past, we read about women who sacrificed their health, their families, and their lives to share the gospel both at home and in other countries. As a woman leader today, you have wonderful opportunities to share your faith, too.
Revelation 22:17 tells you to come. And after you’ve responded to the invitation, you’ll also say, “Come.” Why not start by inviting your neighbors?
How are you intentionally connecting with your neighbors?
Let’s be intentional together and look for opportunities to connect. Join me in the Know Your Neighbor Christian Women’s Leadership Challenge.
Claudia Johnson hopes to connect with her neighbors as she walks in her neighborhood near Birmingham, Alabama.