“One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus… Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Come and see.” (John 1:40-42a, 45-46b)
Throughout history, God has used people to make a difference in others’ lives. Andrew and Philip are perfect examples of difference makers used by God to bring someone else to Jesus. Those two invitations made an eternal difference in the lives of Peter and Nathaniel.
We give invitations all the time. We invite friends and family to birthday parties, crawfish boils, and backyard barbecues. We invite total strangers to special events, we invite Facebook friends to like a new page, and we do e-vites and texts. We also have other times in our life when we send out bigger invitations like a graduation or wedding invitations.
Invitations matter. We live in a culture where people expect invitations. They receive invitations all the time. They may be waiting for an invitation from you to meet Jesus.
Peter would not have encountered Jesus, and Nathaniel would not have met Jesus if their friends and family had not cared enough to invite them to come and see. Your invitation can make an eternal difference.
There are times in our lives when we are most receptive to God. Times when we’re in tension, transition, or in trouble. This week, be looking for someone who might be ready for God in their life.
A simple invitation can change someone's life forever, but that's not all. Not only will it change their life, but it will also change yours. You're doing what God created you to do.
Join us this Sunday as we finish our Difference Maker series with “My Invitation Can Make a Difference.”