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Revelation 3:14-20
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (Revelation 3:20).

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What does Romans 2:4 reveal about God and His invitation to you?

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How will it affect your time in reading God’s Word to view it as an invitation? What does it mean for you to know that God has invited you to be His redeemed child?

There are two ways most people tend to read the Bible. One is to read it mostly as an indictment of the human race. In other words, we’re sinful rebels who are bent on finding life apart from God.

The other is to read Scripture as an invitation. Yes, we’re sinners who have turned away from our Creator God and His design for our lives (Romans 3:23). Yes, we’ve rebelled. But God longs to forgive and to restore us so that we can declare to the world His story of rescue and renewal.

If we read the Bible as an indictment, we’ll tend to see God as angry and harsh. But if we read the Bible as an invitation, we’ll be more inclined to see the merciful and loving God who “sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him” (John 3:17).

Reading the Bible only as an indictment heaps on shame and condemnation. Reading it as indicted, yet invited, can cause us to feel broken and heavy-hearted, but it will also lift us up with great hope. Because we belong to Jesus, we have the capacity to be so much more than our sinful flesh. “New life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Indictment alone screams, “Try harder!” Invitation whispers, “Surrender.” Indictment calls for more effort from us. Invitation calls us to drink deep of God’s grace. Indictment barks, “Clean up your act!” Invitation says, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends” (Revelation 3:20).

When you read the Bible, consider yourself invited.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Luke 21:1-24

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4 Responses to “indicted or invited?”

  1. The invitation is to be still and know Him, and I accept!

  2. GChoo says:

    This devotion brings to mind a child in a school where i volunteer as a helper to a group of P6 & 7 pupils. His father is a church minister. Whenever he is naughty, his father will discipline him by sending him to his room to read the bible as a punishment. So sad to hear about it and pray that he will know God not as a punisher but a God who cares and forgives.

    Thank you for the scriptures so we know that whenever we read God’s Word, it is an invitation to deepen our relationship and experience His grace and love for us. Amen.

  3. Tom Kopper says:

    Our worth to Him if is, infinite, because He created man ‘in His own image.
    It is our righteousness ,our rebellious sin nature that has kept us separated from Him.
    We can’t do anything to obtain the rightness that He demands. And that demand is paid-for by Jesus, death, burial and resurrection.

  4. alli says:

    You must b aware of uour sinfulness, when you r selfrighteous the bible can seem like and indictment of everything wrong, who wants to.feel like everything about them is bad. When you can finally admit that howver hard its when you can begin pride says im not so bad and there are some good things about me, but God says nothing good is in my flesh

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