We’ve been focusing a lot on finding one way that we can draw nearer to God than ever before. As part of our Plus One series, we’re dedicating ourselves to finding a discipline that we can grow in that is guaranteed to bear fruit in our spiritual life, but as we’ve seen over and over, when we dive into the heart of God, it always causes us to engage others! So this weekend we talked about Flipping the Script. The reality is that every internal discipline we can learn that will draw us into God’s presence will be accompanied and followed by an external step toward others in love. It is the momentum of the Gospel and a fruitful life of faith.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:8-10 NIV
We are all invited to the party of the ages, but when we say yes to Jesus and get to know the heart of the Savior we’re following, we realize that our invitation has a Plus One! So don’t come empty handed. Let’s press into God’s heart and then look at who we can get to bring into the party with us. Who has God placed in your life, or more importantly, whose life has God placed you in to be a living invitation to His Love and Grace?
I’m reminded, as this week goes by, of the parable Jesus tells in Matthew 22 of the wedding banquet. He tells of the Kingdom of Heaven being like a great feast for a wedding celebration, and the King has invited so many people. Many of those people hardened their heart and didn’t want to come to the banquet, but the King said this to his servants in verses 8-1, “‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and incite to the banquet anyone you can find.’ So the servants went our into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
As servants of the King, we are called and instructed to live with this invitation in our hearts for everyone. I love that Jesus mentions that they brought in EVERYONE – “both good and bad.” His desire is that all can know his unstoppable love and he entrusts us with the invitation. Let’s remember that our Tribe is focused on others, that they may know the love of Christ deeply and grow in Him. Let’s ask the Lord and not delay, “Who is my plus one for today?”
Praying God’s Best For You!
P.S. Don’t miss a special weekend service with a Tribe Talk from our elder statesman, Dominic Giammaria!