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Words for the Week: A Special Invitation
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 10, 2009

Brown_FamilyElder Terrence K. Brown, Youth Minister, Greater Ambassador Church of God in Christ

A Special Invitation


By Elder Terrence K. Brown, Youth Minister

Greater Ambassador Church of God in Christ


I remember as a child, growing up in the local Church, after the Minister would conclude the Morning Sermon, one of the Mothers of the Church would extend a Special Invitation in the form of a song entitled, “Come to Jesus.”

The soothing words of hope and inspiration began to fill the room, like a sweet aroma: “Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus Just Now, He will Save You, He will Save You, He Will Save You, Just Now, Only Trust Him, Only Trust Him, Only Trust Him, Just Now…”


This song reminded me of what Jesus declared in the Scripture: “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28 – NIV) What a glorious invitation!!! Jesus extended this invitation to ALL humanity!! The word “ALL” identified in the text, implies everyone, not to certain individuals having a particular social or economic status.


Sweet Rest is available to all that come to Jesus! Rest for the weary! Rest for the brokenhearted, rest for the wounded, rest for those in distress, rest for the confused, and rest for the downtrodden! Rest for those who are burdened down with the trials of life!


On several occasions in the Scriptures, Jesus reiterates to his followers His earthly mission objective:


“The Spirit of the LORD is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the Blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor!” (Luke 4:18 – NIV)


For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost, (Luke 19:10 – NIV)

Yes, I know we are living in troubled times, families are losing homes, unemployment on the rise; health care issues are more abundant. However, you DO NOT, have to live a life of fear, failure, and regret! The Apostle Peter further encourages the Church to, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. (1 Pet. 5:7 – NIV)


The Webster’s definition of “cast” means to cause to move by throwing. So in essence the Bible is instructing you to THROW your Cares, your worries, fears and frustrations to God, He is well equipped to handle your heartaches and problems. He will give you peace in exchange for pain, happiness in exchange for heartache, godly favor in exchange for failure! Tenderness in exchange for torment! Direction in exchange for confusion!


I repeat: you don’t have to live a life of failure and frustration! Instead you can enjoy a life of peace, joy and victorious living. As a young Christian, I fondly remember the seasoned saints encouraging me with these words, “Every Day, with Jesus is Sweeter than the Day Before!!”


So what are you waiting for?? Are you ready for victorious living? Are you ready to receive the REST that Jesus, promised to those that would come to Him in willful submission and obedience? 


The response to that loving invitation is simple, it’s not difficult, Just open your heart with faith and honest contrition and He will give you rest!



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