You Are Hereby Invited

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Scott Stallings, a three-time PGA winner, was hoping for an invite to the Masters after a good performance the previous year. The Masters golf tournament held each year at the Augusta National Golf course is one of the most exclusive golf events in the world. So Stallings had, as he said in a recent post, “been checking his mailbox five times a day,” yet he had not received an invite.

Then he received an unusual message. It was from Scott Stallings. This Scott Stallings also lived in Georgia and had a wife with the same name as the pro golfer. He was letting him know that he had received a FedEx package that day with an invitation to play in the Masters that year. Now the other Scott Stallings played golf, but not at that level. Yet here in his hand was a package with everything he would need to attend.  He was, however, happy (ish) to send it to the person it was intended.

What would you do if you got that invite? A chance to play at golf heaven? Sure, you don’t belong there but yet you have the invite. A chance to be part of one of the greatest events ever.

Yet you do have that. And it wasn’t a mistake.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Chris just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will (Ephesians 1:3-5).

Though none of us are of the caliber to go, God offers us a place in heaven. It’s because of a name, the name of His Son. By His Son, we are offered a place in His Kingdom. He was prepared and invited us to join Him.

What do we do with that invitation? Do we wear the name of his Son and join in?

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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