.497, that’s Michael Jordan’s career shooting percentage, which means that one of every two shots, Michael missed.
.325 is Albert Pujols’ career batting percentage, which means that one in every three at bats, Albert gets a hit.
.820, is the percentage of un-churched people who would likely attend if invited to church, which means that 8 out of 10 times, your friend, neighbor, or family member would come to church with you if you invite them.
Now that’s the power of a personal invite.
That happened for me on 10-10-10. I invited a few families to join me on a journey and we planted GracePointe Community Church in Lee’s Summit. Today, we meet at the Gamber Center for morning services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. The initial invite to several families has fostered a few more invites to some two hundred 50 people in town. It’s been an incredible story for our family.
Have you experienced the power of an invitation in your own personal life?
I really believe that God has a miracle for each of us if we would simply hear His voice and respond. Don’t think that it’s insignificant or small. Your personal invitation could be the miracle that someone needs. Step out courageously and be bold.
Your story might be different from mine, but life-changing moments happen because people give an invitation. A miracle is waiting for you and you could be the conduit for that miracle. There are many faith-based communities in our town, each with a variety of ministries to meet the needs of our community. As a pastor, what we need are people within our faith family who would simply take a step of faith and use the power of the invitation.
Just in case you’re afraid or a little shy about asking, let me give you some thoughts:
• What would your life be like if you took some risks and heard God’s voice?
• What would your life be like if your friend came to know God?
• How would you feel if God used you to be His instrument of someone’s miracle?
Your worship service would likely be different if someone you invite is sitting next to you. I wonder what kind of feelings that would rush in as you worship and experience the miracle first-hand. It could happen, and you could possibly be never the same again.
It’s a great feeling when you can “live fully alive!”
Fel Bagunu is lead pastor at GracePointe Community Church in Lee’s Summit.