Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water,” John 4:10 NKJV.
Our son is going to graduate in just a few short weeks. We have been busy preparing the announcements to send to family and friends announcing the commencement exercises and the party to follow. Our son keeps telling us, “this is not a big deal,” but it really is. He has reached a milestone in his life, and this is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another as God leads our son into adulthood and the career and ministry He has planned next.
An interesting thing about graduation announcements—they are put into envelopes so the address of the recipient can be added without marring the invitation itself. It takes work to get all of those announcements into the envelopes; envelopes addressed; postage affixed and then the announcements sent off. I actually lay awake a few nights ago thinking, what if the announcements are not opened? How will the addressees know that our son is graduating and there is going to be a celebration? I finally drifted off to sleep realizing the thoughts were somewhat ridiculous, and no matter what the addressees do with the announcements, we had sent them to let them know.
Those announcements are a lot like the Gospel message. Jesus did the work to prepare the announcement—salvation. He lived, died and took back His life three days later to prove He has all power and is able to redeem every soul (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He addresses that message to every person (John 3:16) and He asks every one of His followers to carry that message to the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Every one of us has been invited to the celebration of redemption. We have been given an announcement—the Word of God. We have been told of the great accomplishment and free gift Jesus has made available, but have we opened the envelope? Have we accepted His invitation to the eternal celebration in Heaven, or do we think the event is “no big deal”? Like my son, are we not realizing this is the milestone of a lifetime—the one decision that determines your eternal destiny—and have you listened when others have told you about it? If so, are you passing the invitation along to others so they have the opportunity to join us? Let’s get the word out—graduation day is here!
Thought-provoker: Have you opened the envelope of grace and accepted God’s gift of salvation? Who are you going to tell today about the great, eternal celebration and give them the opportunity to be there too?
Lord, thank You for the invitation You extend to each of us to be with You through Your gift of salvation. If one has not accepted, let today be the day of salvation. If we have, then impress on us the importance of sharing the invitation with others today, and then give us the boldness to do it. Amen.