Come, For All Things Are Now Ready.
People are busy, busy, busy. So busy in fact there hardly seems to be enough time in the day for a person to do anything but work and chase their children around from one after-school activity to another. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. As a result, we let things go until we just absolutely have to deal with them and by then the amount of work we have to do is four times as much as what it would have been in the beginning. People have become so accustomed to living like this they think this is the way life is to be lived. How wrong we are. We have to learn to prioritize our life and balance our work schedule with the other activities we have going on so that we have time to do the things that are really important.
Jesus illustrates this point for us in a story He told in Luke 14:16-24 in which He said, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servants at supper time to say to those who were invited, “Come, for all things are now ready.” But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.” And another said, “I have bought me five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.” Still another said, “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.” So that servant came and reported these things to his Master. Then the Master of the House, being angry, said to His servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.” And the servant said, “Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.” Then the Master said to the servant, “Go out into the highways and the hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.”
Jesus is talking about prioritizing the important things in life in this parable. What we think is important isn’t always the same as what God says is important. If what we think is important isn’t the same as what God says is important we better do some changing. If we don’t, we will be the one’s who miss out on the greatest blessings life has to offer. In this parable The Master wanted to do something good for His friends, so he invited them to His home for a feast. The guest who were invited were friends of the Master or they would not have received an invitation. These guests should have honored Him with their presence, but without exception one by one they made excuses that they were too busy to come to the Masters House for supper. Notice what the Master said at the end of the story, “None of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.” I don’t need to tell you that was not good news for those invited guest. Now we know in this parable Jesus wasn’t talking about a natural supper at a man’s house, but rather about “The wedding feast that will be hosted by God Almighty to honor His Son that will take place at some time in the future. The guest in this story were Friends of the Master but the Master who had done so much for all of them in the past was not the most important thing in their minds at the present time.
Upon hearing their excuses, the Master sent His servants… into the streets and the lanes of the city to search out the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. People who ordinarily wouldn’t be on the guest list, but who appreciated this great opportunity. When all that would come were come; still His table had room for more. So the Master sent His servants out to search along the highways and in the hedges to compel those who lived there to come in so His house will be full.
Now notice, that those who were originally invited to come to supper would never see the Master’s supper table because they didn’t have time for Him, but those who were poor, maimed, lame, blind, who lived along the highways and in the hedges made time for Him and filled His house. Are you beginning to get the picture? Busy people fail to make time for the things of God, but God looks at life differently than we do. Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but loses his soul?” The Father commands us to go into the places where the sinners live, and compel them to come into His house so His house will be full. But how many of us really has the time to do what God has commanded His servants to do? Then we wonder why our churches are dying out, closing their doors, combining with other churches, and fighting amongst ourselves. Isn’t it time church people realized if we are too busy to do what is expected of us; then we shouldn’t be surprised when our name isn’t on the guest list for the great wedding supper of the Lamb. DThrash