Jesus told a parable about a rich dude who made an elaborate feast, with abundant food. The dude went to extravagant lengths to prepare, complete with invitations, massive amounts of food & loads of servants to facilitate this magnificent party. When the servants went out to let the invitees know that the party was ready for them to attend, none of the invited peeps showed up. This was very rude because the dude hosting the party had killed several animals to abundantly provide food for his party. Now, he’s stuck with all these provisions & no one to eat them. Rather than letting everything go to waste, the party host sent out his servants to invite anyone & everyone to come to his party.
Here are some important take aways for us from this parable:
God has made an extravagant feast for everyone – there’s more than enough!
As God’s servants, let’s keep inviting people to experience God’s lavish love for them
There’s room at the table for you, your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, . . . .
“Come & Dine!”, the Master calls!
a violent landing or a gentle alighting? My husband & I have a few days in the mountains to celebrate our 20th anniversary & I’m watching the snow quietly sift through the sky to gently alight on the bright yellow aspens and dark green pines, dancing through the air to their final rest. There’s a stillness and beauty to this routine and it makes me think of the times when I’ve watched a really powerful snow storm pound the ground with several inches every hour. The wind drives the snow but the earth’s gravity is the steady invitation. The driving wind can result in mangled flakes while the steady invitation lets each flake land as a gentle whole to the delight of observant spectators.
In our lives, we can be driven by our ambitions and desires, often landing at our destinations mangled, tangled and twisted up. In contrast, we can follow Jesus’ invitation to grow closer to Him in the steps of our daily living. Of course God can use our ambitions, drives and desires – but let’s never ignore God’s steady & continuous invitation to stay grounded in God’s presence 🙂