Good morning dear fellowship. Hope you are keeping your distance of at least 6 feet this morning. But this distance thing doesn’t apply to you and your closeness to our LORD Jesus. He wants you to draw close to Him as He draws close to you.
I have never attended a “Black Tie” event so I can only speak to what I have heard (gossip) you might say. From the way I understand it, you receive an invitation and are asked to reply (RSVP). When you arrive, you wait at the entrance and someone announces, "Dr. and Mrs. Lowell Warren." After your name is called, one of the staff escorts you to your seat and assists you in taking your place. I don’t think we ever had any of those kind of “suppers” in Arkansas. I guess it was because this country boy would be so totally out of place amongst these folks.
I spoke with one of our pastors this week and he said that he usually doesn’t get into much conversation with certain pastors because he doesn’t speak very well in theological conversation. He told me that he just tries to talk to folks on his level and that seems to be working for him. Like me, he would feel so out of place if invited to those special events. In my studying this week, I was pleasantly reminded that as a pastor/shepherd, we are to be more into people than programs. We can have all the programs in the world but as Christ Jesus taught me, it is all about the people and not the palace. So Christ Jesus says we need to go out in the highway and byways and invite folks to the King’s feast. Have you gotten your invitation?
Psalms 15 from the Message says,
“God, who gets invited to dinner at Your place?
How do we get on Your guest list?”
“Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.”
“Don’t hurt your friends,
Don’t blame your neighbors,
Despise the despicable.”
“Keep your word even when it costs you.
Make an honest living,
Never take a bribe.”
“You’ll never get blacklisted if you life like this.”
Now I might not be invited to the “Black Tie Events” but I have been invited to surrender to God and serve Him as my act of worship. The greatest invitation I have ever received was the one Christ Jesus gave me to become a born-again child of God. I made His guest list and that is what counts. Be a blessing to others today. God will be pleased.