[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRXP9OgsXKM&feature=em-uploademail] 15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him (Jesus) heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16 Then He (Jesus) said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’” - Luke 14:15-23
This is exactly what I plan on doing for the rest of my life. I want to passionately invite people into the kingdom of God! The way we grow in the kingdom though, is to simply grow in relationship with the King of the kingdom - Jesus! The way we grow in relationship with King Jesus is obviously to spend time with him, to learn His ways, His heart, His will, His purpose for our lives. But a powerful relationship with God also must be intricately woven into the church (the people of God) - because the church of Jesus is the body of Christ (the substance of Christ) on earth.
As the church we invite people into salvation! We compel them with hearts full of love and compassion to come into the grace of God, and be reborn with the nature of Christ, having their sins washed away by the all-powerful blood of Jesus.
And we grow together as the people of God. Our lives interwoven into Jesus and each other. Living lives of love and passion and purity. Living lives of focus and intentionality on the mission of God.
I have decided to obey Jesus - and find every way I can in the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit - to invite people into the reality of living wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ! Even if people come up with excuse after excuse why they cannot make time to live for God (even though we have are breath and very life IN HIM)... I will not stop inviting!