“God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?” Psalm 15.1
Today and tomorrow is already shaping up to be a strange experience. One of my four bosses is having an all-day meeting spanning two days, and I am invited. On one level, it is almost exciting to receive the invitation. On the other hand why me? If me then why not all my peers? Am I special?
Relationships with God are like that.
This morning I have a special invitation to spend time with God. Every session with God can be an unusual experience. On one level it is exciting, on another I keep asking why me? If me, then why not all my peers? Am I special?
A casual reading of Psalm 15 can lead to the conclusion that an invitation to God time is a result of behavior. I often assume, along with many others, that I can do or say something that will get my invitation revoked! I know my assumption to be valid, or do I.
David poses the right question, “how do I get on the invitation list.” Reading the next few lines I see behaviors that, if followed, ensure God will not blacklist me. Does David answer the questions by talking about behaviors.
While reading David’s prayer again I found another side.
God’s invitation is actually very different from my invitation to the meetings today.
Today someone determined my invitation by work responsibilities and the current attention management is paying to the operations I manage. Nothing more.
I realize God’s invitation through experience. I can come and sit, waiting expectantly to meet God, and my experience will determine the outcome.
God knows that I will continue to live life, at times, apart from Him. God knows all my weaknesses and failings. God knows that no matter what He loves and accepts me. God continues to make an offer to meet with me available anytime I want.
So how does one receive the invitation?
By accepting God’s offer.
Our journey begins each day with an offer. Want to join me?