God’s Greatest Invitation

The Holy Bible is full of invitations and in the Bible the invitation is coming from the creator of this universe, the only True and Living God. The first and greatest invitation is the gospel call … a call or invitation to have an intimate relationship with the Living God.

So what is the Gospel Call?
It is not a call to become a member of a church or an organization. Rather, it is an invitation to begin a personal and intimate fellowship with God. That is what being a Christian means … anyone who enjoys an intimate relationship with God through Christ can be called as Christian. We cannot call ourselves Christians just because of being born in a Christian family, or being a member of a church, or by doing good works. Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. A Christian is one who has a relationship with God through Christ. The message of the gospel call is found throughout the Bible. One such incident is recorded in Luke 12:15-21 where Jesus talks about the rich fool.

In this passage, we find the tragic story of a man who was so occupied with gathering riches in this world that he is not able to think beyond the grave. Jesus calls him foolish because his life reflected misplaced priorities, his life reflected focus on self, his life reflected ignorance of the brevity and uncertainty of life in this world, and his life reflected lack of eternal perspective. History is filled with examples of people who have reached the top of their professional life, but died without any hope for future … what a tragedy that is!! The people in this world are obsessed with planning for their future in this world that they seldom think beyond the grave. To such people, Bible warns, “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world but lose its own soul” (Mathew 16:26). Jesus warns us that our life in this world is totally meaningless and inconsequential if we do not have a relationship with the living God.
How does one enter into a relationship with the Living God?
It takes three simple steps:
(1) Recognize that we are sinners: We are all born as sinners and sin separates us from God. A sinner cannot have a relationship with God. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
(2) Recognize the true Savior: A sinner needs a Savior. None of the religions of the world (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or others) offer assurance of sins forgiven. So how does one bridge the gap between a sinner and a Holy God? The Cross is the only bridge between a sinner and a Holy God. We go to God through the way of the cross … Jesus said, “I AM THE WAY, the truth and the life; no one cometh unto God except through me” (John 14:6) “For there is one mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12)” At the cross, Jesus Christ fully paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world. Indeed, Jesus was born into this world for that reason. The name Jesus means “he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Since Christ fully paid the price for our sins, we don’t have to offer any sacrifices or do any good works to earn our salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
(3) Confess our sins and Receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) “When we confess our sins…God is Faithful and Just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
Well, that’s all it takes to have our sins forgiven and have a relationship with God …3 simple steps!! We can use the illustration of a medicine to illustrate the gospel process … If you want to be healed, you need to take 3 similar steps; first, recognize you are sick and need healing; second, identify the medicine that can bring you healing; and third, take the medicine to receive the healing. It is the same procedure for having a relationship with Christ … we need to recognize that we are sinners, we need to recognize that only God can heal us our sins, we need to approach God and ask for forgiveness for our sins.
So gospel call is the first invitation from God to all mankind… it is an important call and when we respond to it, we have the blessed assurance of sins forgiven and we have the assurance of life after death. When we respond to gospel call, our heart is renewed and our whole perspective on life is changed. There is no greater power than the power of a gospel that can radically transform a life. There are many religions and philosophies in the world but only Jesus Christ offers the assurance of sins forgiven and everlasting life. Only Jesus Christ can give us power to overcome temptations that can help to transform over lives. Only Jesus Christ can help us discover our true purpose in this world so that our life will be meaningful, fulfilling and joyful.

The choice is yours!
Respond to God’s Greatest Invitation Today!!

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son
will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them (John 3:36)

Luke 12:15-21
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”