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You Know When You’re Welcome!

02/10/2011

You Know When You’re Welcome!

A woman once said to me, “You’re always welcome here, your Reverence,… any time you’re passing by the house, just drop in, we’d be glad to see you!” I thought that was really nice! So, just a few weeks later, when I was driving past that house, I decided to take her at her word. I drove up her driveway and parked the car, and rang the bell. A few minutes later Mary herself appeared at the door, her hair tied back, dressed in a crumpled shell suit and wearing an apron. “What can I do for you?” she said. Amm… “Well you said if I was passing I should call, so here I am.” “Oh – right, well you’d better come in then.”

Of course, she offered me a cup of tea and we had a wee chat, but it was fairly evident that I’d called at an inconvenient time and I certainly got the message. So, after a few moments, I made a few lame excuses, apologised for having disturbed her, and beat a hasty receipt.

Now that sort of thing really confuses me. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it really difficult to know when people are being really genuine when the make an offer of hospitality like that, or whether they are just being polite, just following a popular convention.

Thankfully, I don’t experience that level of confusion when I hear the wonderful invitations that are in God’s Word, the Bible. When Jesus says to me, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” I know exactly what that means, and I know that it’s a real, genuine offer. When he issues the most gracious invitation, saying “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,” I know that he is speaking to me, and inviting me to come to him, and that he will always honour his word. There will never be a time when Jesus will turn me away, – never a time when he won’t hear my prayer, never a tear that he won’t wipe from my eye. There is never an inconvenient moment when he doesn’t want me in his presence, I really am always welcome. And mind you, the welcome that Jesus extends is amazingly far-reaching, for he wants us all to get to know him, and to enjoy his friendship and his love.

Oh, and by the way, if you’re ever near our house, don’t forget to call – just drop in anytime!

From → Evangelism

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