Accepting the Invitation
Read: Luke 14:15–24
In a couple of months, invitations to holiday parties will be sent out. Many will be accepted out of obligation to jobs, for fun, or to be with family. People often accept invitations despite inconvenience to their holiday schedules or families.
However, those invited to the great banquet in Jesus’ parable did not accept. Rather, they made excuses to tend to a field, try out new oxen, or because of having recently been married.
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me’” (Luke 14:18).
The question remains: will people take God up on His invitation to join Him? God offers His invitation to everyone, but many make excuses, placing earthly things above God. In doing so, they may miss their opportunity to accept God’s invitation to know Him.
Many generations after this parable was taught by Jesus, God’s call remains the same. God wants everyone to taste His banquet with Him. What are you doing with His invitation?
Prayer Suggestion: Thank You, Lord, for inviting me to Your banquet.
Quicklook: Luke 14:18–24