An Invitation That Transforms Lives
There is a key that unlocks a Kingdom principle. This key will be a great help for you who serve in nursing homes and who desire to have other missionaries join you in your labor of love. We all know how discouraging it can be when we are told “no” after asking for help. In John Chapter 1, there are several examples that reveal a key that can increase the effectiveness of our invitation:
John’s invitation: The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. ~ 1:35-37
Jesus’ invitation: Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him… ~ 1:38-39
Andrew’s invitation: The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. ~ 1:41-42
Philip’s invitation: Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. ~ 1:45-46
I imagine that all those who were invited were wondering about this man Jesus – perhaps intrigued by the boldness of those who invited them – perhaps skeptical – yet hopeful that the amazing promise of God had come.
When you read the context of these examples, you see what happened when these men accepted the invitations to “come and see”; they were all significantly and forever changed!
All of them experienced much more than they expected!
This same key/principle is seen in John 4:28-30 when the Samaritan woman invited her whole town to “come and see…”
The examples above are about introducing people to Jesus, yet the same principle applies when you invite potential volunteers to “come and see” what the Lord is doing at your nursing home. You can be sure that they will experience much more than they expect. Jesus will speak to them through the residents and will affirm His will to those whom He is calling into this mission field.
My amazing experience: When I first began visiting in a nursing home as a 24 year-old, I thought I might be able to help a few residents by befriending them and perhaps sharing God’s word when appropriate. Now, 30 years later, the Lord has allowed me to help over a thousand friends take His hand and find life in Him. I have discovered that God really can use us who are not considered wise or influential by the world’s standards. 🙂
I never thought for a moment that my first visits in the nursing home would lead me into a transformed and fulfilled life of service with Jesus. Along this amazing journey, I have learned how the power of God works in and through us. The Lord has used me to do what I never could have done. He has given me insights that have enabled me, not only to overcome many challenges as I minister to my resident friends, but to also teach others to effectively minister in the homes.
Through my years of serving in this mission field, I have seen the Lord transform countless unassuming, “under qualified” Christians to do the same kind of amazing works – which have impacted the lives of untold residents who are now eternally blessed.
Indeed, Our Lord Jesus is able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine – when we are willing to do His will, in His way, for His honor.
This is the KEY that must be embraced:
Those who invited their friends to see Jesus did not invite them because they needed more people to do something for their benefit, they invited them because they wanted their friends to know Jesus.
If we invite people because we love the residents and we need help, we find that people are busy; they generally do not want another task. But if we testify to Jesus’ presence in the nursing homes and invite our brothers and sisters to “come and see” how He is transforming lives, those whom He is calling will come.
My invitation to you: What if you, like Philip and Andrew, could bring others into this deeper relationship/fellowship; this more fulfilling life; these eternal treasures; by bringing them into the nursing home mission field? Not to fulfill your need for help, but to fulfill their need to see, and know and grow in Christ as you have… ~ B.G.