An Open Invitation

Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this thing you have done to us, not calling us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they contended with him vigorously. – Judges 8:1

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During my 20 years in pastoral ministry, I would (from time-to-time) hear someone reply, after being asked to serve or help out with a particular event, that no one had asked them to do so. I always thought, “Why do you need an invitation to serve God? What are you waiting for?”

Consider the aftermath of Gideon’s victory over the Midianites. Didn’t the tribe of Ephraim know that the Midianites were Israel’s enemies? Weren’t they already aware of God’s command to “take the land” and drive out all ungodliness? Could they possibly have not known of the Midianite oppression? And yet they still complained about not being invited to the battle?!

Just in case you missed it somehow, here is an open invitation for everyone who claims to belong to Christ, “Follow your Savior, and keep following until He says, ‘Stop.'”

I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans. – George MacDonald

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