After telling a story about my life group to a friend, she pointed out something I had never thought about before. She said, “You know it’s so cool that you have those guys. They are all from different classes and groups.” Even though she doesn’t come to Chi Alpha, she notices something unique. The doors are open to anyone and new people are constantly coming to check it out. Unlike the typical Georgetown clubs and groups, Chi Alpha doesn’t turn anyone away or require an application. In this way, I am reminded of God’s inclusiveness.
I am so grateful I did not have to go through an interview process to become a Christian. Most interviewers want to see someone who is dedicated to their job. Yet, we continually mess things up, disobey orders, and check out when we should be tuning in. Ultimately, we do not deserve His great love.
Thankfully, it’s not an interview but an invitation.
Even though we are flawed, God still wants to use us. We are called to replicate His love. To show others God, we must seek to imitate his inclusiveness to everyone we encounter. The simplest of gestures can speak louder than any sermon could. Jesus called Zacchaeus out with a simple dinner invite, He spoke to crowds from an old fishing boat, and He even lowered himself to wash His disciples’ feet. It isn’t about convincing or preaching to people, but about showing a glimpse of Christ in your actions.
When I came to Georgetown, someone asked me to small group. When I first came to Open Table, someone greeted me. When I signed up for Fall Retreat, someone told me they were excited I was going. These were invitations, invitations to check out what God is doing here at Georgetown. Extend the same invitation that God gave you to someone else. You never know who will take you up on it.
“The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. The same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are—I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them in the same way you’ve loved me.” John 17:22-23