COME TO GOD'S FEAST! 2-19-2012

posted Feb 19, 2012, 6:59 PM by Dale Barnes
A parable from Jesus about the kingdom of God. “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.” (Lu.14:16-18a NIV)

The excuses mentioned in the parable were “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it;” “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out;” and “I just got married.”
None of these mentioned are evil in themselves, but the attitude of these people showed their great disrespect for the invitation to the banquet. The man giving the banquet told his servants to go invite others to come and declared “not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.” (Lu.14:24 NIV)

Our time and goods are going to be spent on the things that we consider valuable.  These men in the parable considered their temporary possessions and activities worth more than the invitation to the great banquet.

The Bible tells us that what is seen is temporary; what is unseen is eternal.(2 Co.4:18)  Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead to open a way for men and women to move from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God.  Eternal life, and an inheritance in God’s kingdom, is offered to those who accept his free invitation.  However, the majority of people are choosing the temporary of this age over the eternal offered in Christ.

Honestly, the Bible speaks plainly of the real and eternal value of God’s kingdom.  It is very wise to stop and consider what God is inviting us to have.  A primary characteristic of wisdom is humility.  God will teach the humble his way.(Ps.25:8-9)  If we seek his way, we will find it. (Mt.7:7)        
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