Day 190 – You Are Invited
On: May 9, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “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.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ ” Luke 14:15-20
Seems bizarre, doesn’t it? An invitation to a great banquet, and everyone’s coming up with excuses for not attending. It’s not that they are opposed to what’s on offer (as with the Pharisees, who were actively challenging Jesus); rather that other matters were being given a higher priority. One can only conclude that they hadn’t got a handle on the magnificence of the banquet they were being invited to. Or, indeed, that the opportunity might not be repeated.
I’m writing this on a Sunday (for me, it’s worship not work, in case you’re raising an eyebrow!), and wondering whether I can sometimes take a similar view about going to church. After a heavy week, would I rather have a lie in; or relax in the sun kissed garden with a coffee and a good book; or switch on that computer and get some urgent emails answered? Maybe the refusals encountered by the “certain man” are not so unlike my own attitude to meeting with God’s people – a bit inconsistent?
Two people I’ve had conversations with recently suggested that they happily got on with their faith without darkening the doors of a church. Of course, many of us will have sung about the fact that the church is not the steeple, but the people. And I’m talking about the people here; the building could be anywhere. But gathering with God’s people to meet together with God is something we are encouraged to do: Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. Hebrews 10:24-25
At the heart of our meeting together, and from which flows everything else we do, is the remembrance of that feast in the upper room on the eve of Jesus’s crucifixion. As a result of that dreadful but glorious day, in the words of Jesus’s parable “everything is now ready” for us to meet with God as His people.
I’m invited. Will I come?
Father God, thank you that you have invited me to come to You. I come.Amen