Oct 22, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Mat 11:28-30
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while…” (Mar 6:31)
There are many gracious invitations in the scriptures. Let’s look at some of them and be inspired to respond to God’s faithful calls to “Come.”
“Come thou and all thy house into the ark” (Genesis 7:1-7). God did not say, “Go in” but rather, “Come.” This was a call to come to safety. God was on the inside of the ark. He was honoring Noah’s obedience in building this ark by gracing it with His presence. He was keeping His end of the promise. He will do the same for you, if you are faithful in building a home according to His plan.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30). Are you weary of the fight as you battle it out in the world? This is a kind invitation to “Come to rest” on the bosom of Christ. He invites us first to learn His meekness, and in Him find rest for our souls.
“Come and see” (John 1:17). It must have been a joy for Christ when Nathaniel asked the question, “Where dwellest thou?” This call to relationship must have also warmed Nathaniel’s heart. Christ repeatedly invites us to “Come and see.” Come and see my peace. Come and see my salvation. Come and see my kingdom.
“Come, take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 10:21). Here is a genuine invitation to come to service and obedience. The young man in this chapter was overloaded with riches and cares. He wanted eternal life, but when Jesus told him what to do to gain salvation, the young man turned away sadly. He lost the blessing.
There are many more invitations in the scriptures to “come.” John 21:12 says, “Come to fellowship.” Matthew 25:34 says, “Come to inheritance.”
How should you come? Come as you are.
When should you come? Come now.
~ James Baer ~