You Are Invited!
I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. John 15:15–16, NRSV
I am honored when someone I admire reaches out to me and welcomes me into his or her inner circle. As children, we all wanted to be part of the “popular” kids’ group. And as teenagers, it felt even more important to be part of the “in” crowd. But even as adults, there are people you know you’d have a lot in common with if only they got to know you. Unfortunately, not all of them make that effort—or even realize you exist.
Yet, amazingly, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, has invited us into His inner circle. He knows my name and likes what He sees. He not only wants to be my friend, but also chose me in particular! He’s totally interested in being in conversation with me. And the best news of all? He chose each one of us with the same intention and love. We aren’t worthy of His friendship. We can’t earn it and we don’t deserve it, yet He gives it to us freely, just for the taking.
He invites us into the ultimate Inner Circle—how can we say no? Run toward Him, speed into His embrace!
FAITH STEP: Today take your friend Jesus with you wherever you go. Think of Him as physically at your side in the coffee shop, at the library, at a meeting or anywhere you go.
Contributed by Judy Baer
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