Invitation and Challenge

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Good leadership understands when to challenge and when to be invitational. Wise leaders can affirm as well as raise expectations. What do you require at this time? We all have times of needing invitation as well as times of needing challenge. If anyone dwells merely in the arena of invitation or challenge they will not reach their God-given human potential.

Search the scriptures. There are times when Jesus challenges and other times when he invites. Invitation and challenge is like the heartbeat of spiritual growth.

An example of this would be what I heard one of the Pope’s assistants say on the radio yesterday, “While in the United States, Pope Francis will talk about the growing disparity between the rich and poor. It is like the old quote that Christ has come to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted.”

In John 1, John the Baptist enters the gospel story with a word of challenge. John said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord! "(John 1:23)

As we all know, Jesus came upon the scene welcoming all and inviting everyone to follow him. John’s words of challenge were crucial to God's plan of introducing Jesus' words of invitation. (Yet keep in mind Jesus was both invitational and challenging in his public ministry.)

May you be invited to come and follow the Lord Jesus this day and every day. And, may you be challenged to make sacrifice and compromise what you want to follow in the way of the Lord.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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