The Importance of Invitation

Each week in worship we have an invitation that is given to us, an invitation to come to the table with Christ as our host. An invitation to commune with God and the great cloud of saints. And today as I was reading the walk to Emmaus, I noticed a characteristic about Jesus I had not noticed before.

“As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them.”

The characteristic I noticed was that Jesus was going to go on. The opportunity would have been missed for Cleopas and his friend to fellowship with their Risen Lord had they not invited him to stay that evening. In our days, how often do we come into contact with the Risen Lord and not know it, and miss an opportunity to experience the Risen Christ because we do not invite him in. Oh yes, each week, we are invited to the table just like Cleopas and his friend were, where our eyes are opened in the Taking, Blessing, Breaking, and Giving of Bread; but have we remembered that very important part to invite Christ to that table to be our host? Or have we let Christ go on his way, with no invitation into our homes, our lives, our very soul and being?

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