Day 191 – Priorities
On: May 10, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ” Luke 14:21-24
Today’s verses trigger varied thoughts.
“Bias to the Poor” is a challenging book by Bishop David Sheppard. Published in the economic boom years of the 1980’s, it captured the long held sense that God will always err on the side of those with less credit to their name. In light of the historic wealth of the church, this is ominous. Similarly thought provoking for the predominantly middle class Church of England.
I am one of the better off types in Jesus’ story, those who hadn’t got time for the banquet. Two questions spring to mind: firstly, I may have received and accepted the invitation; but am I actually living a “banquet lifestyle”? What does that look like? How is it different from how I live day to day?
And then, I’m sure there are many churches that faithfully pray for their neighbours to come to church. Are they quite so cheerful, though, if all sorts come through the doors, looking and sounding (and smelling?!) very different to them?
With the invites to the well off having been rejected, they are re-issued to the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame. For these, the invitation is as welcome as it is unexpected. They quickly start to fill the banqueting hall.
What, I guess, this comes down to, is that Jesus is good news for the poor, as they have little or nothing to lose. For those of us with much, we have to decide our priorities: our goods or our God.
Lord Jesus, please help me untangle my mind to recognise where I am a prisoner to my worldly ways and goods; and to understand what needs to change if I am to come where you invite me to follow You. Amen.