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.
It was time to party and the host pulled out all the stops. With a big budget he planned a big banquet. Appetizers would be delivered throughout the room as people entered. An exquisite menu was prepared. The gracious host was intent on providing an evening of celebration—great food and fellowship. His invitation list was long and grew longer as he thought of people to add.
With great anticipation, he sent his servants to let the guests know that everything was ready, but the invitees rejected the invitation. One person bought a field and needed to go see it. Another person bought some oxen and needed to try them out. Still another person was newly married and didn’t want to interrupt the bliss. The host was disappointed, then angry. He instructed the servants to go out again and this time “bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” He said to make them come in, “so that my house will be full.”
Jesus has prepared a great celebration. All are invited to come. But there are some who are too occupied with the things of the world—family, business, recreation—to accept the invitation. Others are too proud to accept the free gift of grace. The invitation goes to all who will humble themselves. Each person must admit that they are spiritual beggars—poor, crippled, blind, and lame. For God’s great eternal celebration, having humility is the way to be honored. Down is the way up.
Father, I pray for those who are too proud to humble themselves before You. I pray that they will see the distractions barring them from You. I pray they will see their obstacles before it is too late. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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