Matthew 28: 19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
The words above are some of the last recorded words of Jesus before He ascended into heaven. Do you notice who Jesus focuses on right before He leaves earth? There are many things he could have said, but he chooses to focus on “them.”
Who do we go to? Them. Who do we baptize? Them. Who do we teach? Them.
The “them” here is referring to those who do not know Jesus. I was “them” before I met Jesus. I am so grateful that someone answered the call to invite me.
The first challenge for us is to make sure that we are in relationships. Some of us have been in the church for so long that we do not know them. Jesus wants us to be in relationship with those far from him, so we can invite them into a relationship with Him.
All it takes is an invitation. Most research says that people will go to a church service if given an invitation. Below are a few different ways and ideas to give a Christmas Eve invitation.
After you have taken time to pray for them, ask God for the courage to invite.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Bake a plate of cookies and place a Christmas Eve invite on top.
- Post an invite on social media.
- Ask if they would be willing to go with you.
- Hand out an invite card.
- Offer to take them out for a meal before or after service.
- Tell them you’d like to pick them up and carpool to service.
Thought of the day: Where are you connecting with people who do not know Jesus? As you plan for Christmas, how can you make inviting someone a part of the season?
Prayer: Father, thank You for including me as a part of them. We hear Your command and reminder to invite those who do not know You. We ask for the courage this year to extend an invitation to someone who may not know You. Give me the ability to see them as You see them. In Jesus’ name, amen.