God Gives Personal Invitations to Heaven
“And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.’” (John 6:65, NASB)
Graduations, weddings and baby dedications are often announced by expensive and personalized invitations. In this verse, Jesus tells us God extended a personal invitation offering us access to Jesus and eternal salvation. The invitation was extended while we were still living in sin and rebellion.
I confess, the significance of this verse is hard for me to comprehend. Have you ever stopped to think about it? I do, all the time. On a planet with 7.4 billion people, God extended a personal invitation to me from heaven for eternal salvation through Jesus.
I can’t wait to ask God what made Him pick me? Can it really be true that God put my name on the list before the foundation of the world? My mind comes up with other times God might have thought of me: (1) while I was still a fetus in my mother’s womb, (2) during the first few weeks of life as I struggled to live as a preemie weighing a mere 3 lb. 11 oz., (3) the day I was released from the hospital as a firstborn son at 4 months of age, (4) maybe when I was 6 and starting first grade, or my first day of Vacation Bible School? I suppose the timing really doesn’t matter. I thank God every day for choosing me and for adopting me as a Son. I simply can’t imagine life without Him, the brief time we have here on earth, much less all eternity.
Are you lost and in need of salvation? If so, I encourage you to listen for the voice of God calling you to come before Jesus and confess your sins. Ask for His forgiveness and invite Him to be your Savior and Lord of your life. Say “Yes” when God extends His loving arms and personal invitation to heaven through Jesus. I know I am going to heaven and I hope to see you there!
Father, thank you for choosing me and calling me into relationship with your Son. Jesus, I celebrate the day I received my invitation to join you and Almighty God in heaven for all eternity. I can’t wait to thank you in person. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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