THE JOURNEY | The Invitation

The Invitation
by Becky DeWitt

In this age of marketing and media, there are many invitations that are sent through the mail or the internet for a dinner at an expensive or exclusive restaurant. At first glance, you are excited about the possibility of a free meal. Looking closer, the fine print reveals the purpose, a demonstration or presentation designed for persuasion.

An invitation is announcement of a forthcoming event or activity which requests your presence. What would you do if you received an invitation that did not have anything strings attached? What if the invitation was to an event that would change your life in ways that you could not even imagine? An invitation is presented prior to the event so that you have time to make a decision.

For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14). This is the last statement that Jesus speaks in the parable of the marriage feast. At the beginning, the invitation is a call to a banquet that the Father has prepared for the Son. Note that the Father sent his servants out or more than one occasion. There were many excuses given not to attend. Obviously those who received the invitation were selected in advance. Perhaps they were on a special listing, one of societal or spiritual notoriety.

Can you imagine a huge feast with not one guest that you have invited in attendance? You would not want all the food and preparation to go to waste. Where would you go to get people? My first thought is those that are in the streets, the homeless, or those who are in shelters.

Jesus uses another parable of a dinner party in Luke 14:15-23, as a call to a gathering. Invitations were sent and the food was prepared, and again excuses were made. The servant was sent out again to bring in those who were not originally invited. In both parables, rejection is the answer.

Scholars who review these scriptures would comment on the obvious, the invitation is to Israel to enter the Kingdom of God through Jesus. Another perspective could be that the invitation is a clarion call to the Body of Christ for a special assembly. Invitations also imply that there is a seat that is reserved especially for you. Rejection of the invitation is rejection of that which is specially prepared just for you.

David talks about a prepared table in Psalm 23. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5}. Is it possible that there is a call to the Body of Christ for a ‘prepared’ or ‘special’ anointing for this time and all the enemy will be able to do is watch you receive it? Could this anointing be a special download from the throne room that is unknown but will position us in the earth realm to be in agreement with the special desires of the Father in heaven? “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).

Is this a time of empowerment that will overtake the enemy with unprecedented strategies? Please note that this anointing comes in the presence of your enemy. It does not indicate that enemy or even you are aware that this will even occur. The enemy has to watch you receive this and all he sees is that you are positioned for possession of something that you never had before. In addition, that which you are receiving is running over, meaning that you are full past the brim. Even more, goodness and mercy have been assigned to follow you.

Our God has always invited His people to another dimension of His presence. Even in the Old Testament while Israel was wandering in the wilderness, He called. In Exodus, chapter 19, God wanted to speak to His covenant people. He told Moses to tell the people to prepare themselves for His presence because He wanted them to hear His voice as He spoke to Moses so that they might believe.

As God’s presence descended upon Mount Sinai, the mountain was engulfed withy fire. So awesome was His presence that creation began to react to the Creator. “And all the people saw the thundering, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off.” (Exodus 20:18). The reaction was rejection caused by fear of the unknown. “And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:19). But Moses spoke to them not to be afraid because God wanted them to be in awe of who He was.

The people drew back, but there was still another invitation. It was to the elders, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu in Exodus, chapter 24. God called them to the mountain, a high place to worship Him. Those that were obedient received more than they could ever imagine. “And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.” (Exodus 24:10-11).

God took the elders from hearing His voice with everyone else to seeing Him. He descended from His holy place for them to hear Him. But to see Him, they had to climb into high places on the mountain. Remember all of the people were invited or called, but the elders were chosen.

Is this the time that He wants to introduce certain unknown attributes about Himself to the Body of Christ that He has been waiting to reveal? What is it about God that you do not know but desire to be revealed? When the invitation comes, let your answer simply be yes. All is prepared and He is waiting for you to position yourself to enter into a new dimension in Him.

“Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.” (Zephaniah 1:7)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a Christian author, Becky DeWitt’s writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Recently, her company, Blood Drop Inheritance Group launched into the area of Christian greeting cards. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community of Myrtle Beach, SC.