Invite All to Christ

Sunday, October 12

10-12

Karin Peter

By Karin Peter of Adrian, Missouri, USA

Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. …For many are called, but few are chosen.

—Matthew 22:8–10, 14 NRSV

My friend, Libby, was one of those people who always looked disheveled. She wore stained clothing, her hair was uncombed, and her manner was less than refined. But people who knew Libby knew she was a follower of Jesus, even though she was not raised in a church community.

As an adult, she was invited into the life of her congregation, and there she discovered a community of people who valued her just as she was. In our congregation, Libby found a home, a place of covenant and compassion. Among this loving community she blossomed. Her many areas of giftedness, her resourcefulness, and her endless hospitality brought blessings to friends and stranger alike.

Libby lived the last years of her life in humble service to others. Her appearance might have been unkempt, but the stained clothing she wore was the robe of a genuine disciple.

Prayer for Peace Loving God, we know we are worthy, just because you made us. Help us be more responsive to your call, so we may affirm the worth of others. Help us find new ways to Invite People to Christ and share in the peace found here.

Spiritual Practice: Invite People to Christ Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b and 163:2b. Pray to be aware of people who might be receptive, and therefore blessed, when you share the message of the Living Christ. Imagine being in relationship with them and inviting them to Christ. In preparation, discover your personal testimony of Christ. “Be persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.” Repeat this mantra throughout the day: “Christ’s mission, our mission, my mission.”

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will listen for your call.

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