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Oct 29, 2014

Community Brew // Invest & Invite



today i'm joining in with madison over at wetherills say i do and rachel of oh, simple thoughts for their community brew link-up!  community brew is a monthly link-up that is designed for bloggers to be "open, honest, and vulnerable, and to build community with others."  november's prompt is open-ended, so whatever is on your heart, feel free to join in!

right inside the front doors of our church's worship center atrium is a small table with a sign on it that says "invest and invite."  it's topped with invitation cards for our services and events and upcoming sermon series that our congregation can pick up and hand out to friends and family, making it easy to invite them to church.

for me, the investing part is the easy part.  i'm an extrovert; a people-person, so i can do the occasional coffee date or relationship-building texting conversation or whatever it is.  but the invite part?  that's always a little harder for me.  i've never found it easy to ask someone for help, and somehow, inviting someone to wake up early on a sunday and come to church feels like i'm asking for a favor.

but i think that the fear of asking too much of someone in inviting them somewhere...especially somewhere as important as church...is, at the heart of it, doing them a disservice.  when you consider the idea that the invitation that you're extending could save someone's life, then that invitation takes on a whole new weight.

paul starts off romans 10 with "brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to god for the israelites is that they may be saved."  i love that.  paul's heart's desire was for his brothers & sisters to be saved.  i don't know about you, but it can take work for me to have that same mindset.  it's not always at the forefront of my thoughts, but it should be!  and it doesn't take outright evangelistic conversations to practice the concept of investing and inviting.  it just takes being there, being consistent, building trust, and showing the love of christ to others through your words and actions.  

and the concept of invest & invite isn't just confined to the face-to-face parts of our lives, but our online lives too.  no matter where you're active...by writing a blog, just being present on twitter or instagram or pinterest, whatever...you have opportunities to be salt and light, and to invest and invite in those spaces too.  your words, your posts, your pins and repins...they all matter, and they all mean something.

if you're joining in on the hospitality study with she reads truth that started on monday, you know that this idea of investing and inviting is at the heart of this study.  (to be perfectly honest, that fact didn't even occur to me until i was halfway through writing this post)  yesterday, logan wolfram wrote an awesome devotion about how we need to love like jesus loved, and then follow his lead in inviting others into the journey with us.

she talked about how that love and invitation needs to stem from the heart.  a heart that is full of the love that god has for us will brim over and spread that love to others.


we posture our hearts to welcome others in response to the invitation 
we have been given through the gospel of jesus christ.
-logan wolfram

it always comes back to this, friends:
jesus loved us, so we could love others.  we often teach in our children's ministry at gt that every commandment jesus ever gave us fits into two categories:  love god, or love others.  christ made the ultimate sacrifice in death on the cross, and he didn't do it so we could keep it to ourselves.  he loved us, so we could love others.

in what ways is god asking you to invest in and invite others into his kingdom?  is it a challenge for you?  how so?

14 comments:

  1. so encouraging, Betsy :) I so love that quote by Logan. God is definitely calling my husband and I to reach out to the poor and discarded by society and share with them the great love of Jesus!

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  2. I've said it time and time again--I am an introvert--so it's very difficult for me to invite anyone anywhere, let alone church! But, since I've started blogging, I've grown so much and I'm learning to speak up. I love that you mentioned the online part of our lives, too, because that is where I am most of the time. I pray that God will just open my heart and give me the words I need to share the Gospel with those who do not know Him and I would invest in them regularly! Love this post, Betsy.

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  3. this is right on. i wrote on it monday (welcomeheart.com) and love love seeing you say it here again so clearly and from the heart and from God's heart - i'll check out the study you mentioned, too - thanks for a great post! just did a fun workshop to mops on be brave, hospitably - they would love this post, too.

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  4. It is often difficult to get people to catch this vision. We live in a consumer driven society where even our faith becomes about us. This is a great reminder that we should always be looking out for others and inviting them in. This is how our faith will actually grow.

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  5. This is so important. And I do love that quote.

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  6. I think it's great that you are trying to be a missionary for your church! As a Mormon, we believe the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ, and one of it's scriptures is thus: Moroni 7:47--But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. We believe loving others is the best thing we can do.

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  7. I'm like you, the invest part comes easy but the invite part is another story. I am loving the hospitality study on She Reads Truth! The Love God and Love Others is such a great way to look at it. It is seems so simple when you put it that way! Thank you for your sweet words!

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  8. it's such a good study! i am loving it as well :)

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  9. you're so right....loving others is SO important!

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  10. so well said Ali! our faith can never be about us, or we're totally missing the point!

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  11. thanks sue! going to check out your post! she reads truth is awesome, and this study on hospitality has challenged me!!

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  12. i totally hear ya! i'm an extrovert, but i struggle if i'm not around people who i'm super comfortable with! and our online lives are definitely important!

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  13. I'm totally with you, investing is really easy for me but reaching out to new people and inviting them is where I struggle more! Thanks for linking up with us friend :)

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