When one of the dinner guests heard Jesus’ remarks, he said to Jesus, “Happy are those who will feast in God’s kingdom.” Jesus replied, “A certain man hosted a large dinner and invited many people. When it was time for the dinner to begin, he sent his servant to tell the invited guests, ‘Come! The dinner is now ready.’ One by one, they all began to make excuses. The first one told him, ‘I bought a farm and must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I bought five teams of oxen, and I’m going to check on them. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ When he returned, the servant reported these excuses to his master. The master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go quickly to the city’s streets, the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.’ The servant said, ‘Master, your instructions have been followed and there is still room.’ The master said to the servant, ‘Go to the highways and back alleys and urge people to come in so that my house will be filled. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’” (Luke 14:15-24, CEB)
Do you think our excuses are really good enough for God?
When we tell God we can’t make it because I bought a farm, got married, or is that good enough? Will God allow our place to be empty, and what will become of us?
Have you ever wondered what the man who hosted this dinner party do to those who gave an excuse for why they couldn’t come? He gave their space away, but was that all?
And is that why we are motivated, to have a space at the table?
We should want to be at the master’s table. To partake with all the children of God.
We should not serve and love creation to get a place, but because we were served and loved by the master.
Let us not let our lives get in the way of us being beacons of hope for God.
Loving People. Loving God.