Daily Devotion, 01/26/18, “Invest and Invite”
“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.” John 1:40-42 NIV
The vast majority of people who come to church and then come to Christ come because a friend, relative or neighbor invited them. Those who find Jesus through hotel room Bibles, Gospel tracts left in bathrooms and huge revivals/crusades are relatively few. Even getting a cool invite card in the mail from the church down the street is not enough to get most to darken the door of the place. Most people come to Christ through relationships. We see it In our passage today and in others like the story of the woman at the well and in Acts, chapter 2. I love how John 1:42 says, “And he brought him to Jesus.” It’s all about relationships.
My guess is that someone brought you to Jesus also. Maybe your parents took you to church where you heard about Jesus and came to faith as a kid. Perhaps you were confiding in a friend at work about some personal struggles you were having. He invited you to a small group and you came to meet Jesus that way. Maybe you were telling a girlfriend how your heart was broken by some man you thought you loved. She told you about the “man” in her life who would never leave or disappoint. There, over coffee, you committed your life to Christ and began your journey. Almost all of us can point to someone who was significant in bringing us to Jesus. So here’s the big question: Who will point to you?
You have people all around you who are looking for Jesus, they just don’t know He’s who they’re looking for. They need someone to invest in them and to invite them. That’s how I teach this at CrossRoads, INVEST and INVITE. Invest in praying for them. Invest in loving them well. Invest in the relationship then invite them to the appropriate environment. That may be a small group, a men’s outreach event, a Sunday service…whatever’s most likely to resonate with them.
There are those in your circle who need Jesus. To get to Him, they need someone to care enough to invest and invite. They need someone to help them find The One who can change their life just like He changed yours. May you be that someone. You are loved!