Day 4- Invited

I will never forget how my heart started racing when I heard my phone ring as the number I had been waiting to see appeared on the screen. Weeks before this day, I submitted my resume for a job I had been anticipating for quite some time. The voice on the other side asked if I was still interested in interviewing and trying to play it cool, I said I was. As the interview approached, I made sure I had the right combination of clothing and reviewed all of the answers to any potential questions I could be asked. As I made my way across the parking lot and sat in the empty chair, my wiggling foot showing my nerves, I wondered if I would be enough, if I would I be what they were looking for, if they would see my potential.

Just like I can picture what it was like to sit in that chair waiting for my interview, I can easily imagine being in the living room of one of my best friend’s houses, a warm mug in my hands, dressed in the comfiest clothes. Our family has been blessed with an amazing group of friends. We have known them for years. We have celebrated together and wept together. When I walk into one of their houses and sink into my favorite spot on their couch, there is nothing to prove, I don’t wonder about my worth or how they see me, I simply get to enjoy my friend.

Both of these moments came by way of an invitation. I was invited to the interview and I was invited to my friend’s house. Yet, so many aspects of these two situations contrast sharply–the preparation, the anticipation, the feelings walking up to the door, the way words are crafted during a conversation. In moments of confession, when we bring all that we are– the beautiful and the ugly– to the feet of Jesus, our Heavenly Father longs for us to feel the comfort we feel in the quiet of our best friend’s living room. He has no interest in crafted words, the right attire, or our ability to prove our worth. In moments of true confession, I think God longs for us to get comfy, sink back into our favorite chair with a mug of something warm and just be with Him. It is so easy for us to place the act of confession into the same category we place interviews but when we do that we put our own agenda into something beautiful that God created and we rob ourselves of sacred quiet moments with our creator.

How would our relationships with God change if we treated every moment of confession just as we did the quiet, comfy moments we share with friends? Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the Heavens, Jesus, the son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Just like we are invited to interviews and to share time with friends, God has extended his own unique invitation to us; God sent Jesus to live, completely sinless, on this earth, to face what we face, and to die a sinner’s death so in our time of confession, when we need grace and mercy, we would have a never ending invitation to His very throne. With the confidence that we approach our friend’s door anticipating a joy filled visit, we can approach the throne of God in the same way free from shame, free to enjoy what he has made available to us.

Don’t let today end without finding a quiet place where you can practice laying all that you are before Jesus and then simply being with Him. Regardless of what you brought into this day, let his open invitation draw you to his side where you can enjoy quiet moments with the best friend you could ever ask for.

by Alicia Hussey

Alicia and her husband Tim began attending Kingsway in 2007. They have been married since 2006 and have 3 awesome kids. She loves being a part of Rooted, the prayer team, and the KLS support team. Alicia enjoys using her degree in Education and Writing Arts to impact her many roles as a stay at home mom. Her love of the simple things of life leads her to mornings in one of her favorite rocking chairs, afternoons by the lake watching her kids splash and play, and chilly evenings by the fireplace.