Posted by: Asha Davé | July 29, 2009

Day Sixty-two: Party Girl

When I was a freshman in high school, my parents let me host a New Year’s party. I was so excited because I love to plan things, I love to be a hostess and serve people, and I was so excited to celebrate with all of my new high school friends! I planned for a few weeks in advance…getting decorations ready, making invitations, deciding on the menu. (If I wasn’t so into broadcast journalism, I would totally be an event planner.) I passed out invitations, complete with directions and my number, and a few days later…it was party time. It turned out to be one of the most fun nights with people I still consider my best friends.

That’s the thing about parties. I was excited about it, and I wanted my closest friends and family there. I wanted them to come and celebrate with me, so I made invitations with detailed instructions of how to find my house and how to get in touch with me if they had any trouble.

I promise there was a point to that and not just to get all nostalgic on you. At church Sunday, Pastor Daniel posed a question that really struck the party-planner in me. Is my life an invitation to celebrate in God’s grace and love?

II Chronicles 30:21 “The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests sang to the LORD every day, accompanied by the LORD’s instruments of praise.”

Grace and salvation are the best reasons I can think of to celebrate, and yet, I get more excited about birthdays and New Years. I should be so excited for people to celebrate life in Christ that I make sure they have directions and my phone number. I should want everyone to party with me, especially my close friends and family…people I love.

Sadly, the people closest to me who haven’t accepted grace are the ones I deem “uninvitable.” I write them off because they are not Christians and they’ve never shown interest. My best friends, who repeatedly fall into a life of sin, I stay quiet and let them, and I pass it off as, “oh, they’ll never change.” I’m wrong, and I repent of labeling someone as “unreturnable,” as Daniel put it. I’m sorry…be expecting an invitation soon.

No one is perfect except for Jesus Christ, and His perfection is more than enough for all of us. His grace and love can transform anyone. I claim to love the day shelter guests, and I really do…but, in the same thought, I think to myself how they’re never actually going to come to Christ. How selfish I am. There is no difference between me, the invitor, and those who haven’t gotten the invitation except that I have accepted grace, and now, it’s my job to invite them to do the same.

I pray that my life is an invitation to celebrate. An invitation to celebrate God’s love and grace. An invitation to know that God has a plan and purpose for your life. An invitation to experience joy and love like never before.

Please come party with me.

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