God’s invitation is clear for All, but it’s not to be taken lightly. Then, how can we recognize God’s invitation in my life here and now? Trust God who invites all to the banquet of grace.
Q: How can we recognize God’s invitation in our daily life?
1. A Parable of the King who prepared a wedding party for his son
– King’s invitation to the leaders of community: the smartest, the wealthiest, and the strongest.
– They didn’t want to come. Why? How?
– King’s invitation again with an instruction: INVITE ANYONE.
– Anyone means not leaders, not strong, not powerful, not rich…. but anyone.
– The party seems successful with full of guests.
– but the story didn’t end there
– There were people who were not ready for the wedding with clothing
2. Many people are invited, but few people are chosen
– Jesus says that simply accepting invitation is not enough.
– What else we should do?
– What MORE is expected? (if becoming Christians are not enough)
3. Salvation is not just one time event
– Wesley’s emphasis on inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living
– Wesley’s understanding of Salvation not just an event, but a process:
– Grace as God’s active presence in our life no matter we recognize it or not. It’s called PREVENIENT GRACE.
– God’s grace alone brings us into relationship with God. God loves us and justify us. It’s called JUSTIFYING GRACE.
– God’s grace transform us into whom God intends us to be. Wesley believe it’s possible through God’s sanctifying grace – God’s grace as Sanctification or holiness.
4. Things we may be forgotten
– Am I satisfied by just getting people in the pew without growing in accountability as a disciple?
– But the Good News is I am weak but He is strong. God’s grace, Grace Alone, we can be transformed!
5. What I have witnessed…
In our ministries..
– Great News is God invites us all to experience God’s Kingdom life NOW, not tomorrow, not someday, but NOW. So that you may have DINNER WITH AT ANY PLACES, and AT ANY TIME.
– Bishop Carcano’s email about her experience of the flight from Atlanta: full of Red Cross Volunteers from all over the country to be with those who are suffering from wildfire..
– Where am I going to experience God’s invitation today and this week?