Advent 1 – The Invitation
Tuesday, December 4

Exodus 3:1-4
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

Here we see Moses going about his daily job which was tending to the flock, when he encounters something completely unique and a little weird—a burning bush that isn’t going up in flames. It is Moses’ curiosity that brings him closer to see, and as he moves in to take a look he hears the Lord call his name.

God meets us right where we are—He comes into the ordinary to bring us the extraordinary.

What is it that first brought you to encounter God? Was it your curiosity about someone who seemed to have joy and hope even in their worst circumstances? Was it someone that was a little weird that drew you closer to take a look?

I think we all have an opportunity to be a burning shrub to someone. Isn’t that why God tells us to let our light shine and to be a light in the darkness? That light might be when we have trials in life but aren’t consumed by them because of our faith and hope in Christ. It might be the way we handle troubles or difficult people. It might be how we forgive and love others or how we give generously. All of these could be the weird thing that draws someone closer and helps them hear the call of God on their life. God invites us to be messengers of His invitation to the world—what a great invitation we get to hand out!

Can someone see something different in you that makes them curious so that they want to draw closer and see what’s up? How do you reflect the hope you have in Jesus to others right in the ordinary settings of your life? Did you know most people start attending a church simply because someone invited them? Go ahead and do something different and ask someone to come to worship with you this weekend. It just might be the thing that helps them hear the Lord call their name!

By Sue Oberg