Jesus tells a story in Luke 14 that is known as the “Parable of the Great Supper.”
In the parable, Jesus had just finished an evening meal with whom we assume were his disciples, people from the community and some religious figures.
After dinner, during the conversation, one person remarked, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the Kingdom of God.”
In other words, would it not be awesome when we can one day experience a meal and celebration with God.
Jesus answered with a story in which he spoke of a wealthy man who was throwing an incredible banquet. He sent out his servant to invite all the prominent people in the city.
Each guest though came up with an excuse as to why he could not attend.
The first said he had just bought a new piece of property and needed to check it out to see if it was any good.
The next guy said he could not make it because he had some new oxen who needed to work the field.
The third guy could not attend because he had recently married.
The man throwing the banquet then became angry and told the servant to go out into the streets, bringing in anyone and everyone he could.
He wanted his house filled. Then he remarked, “Not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”
While this message certainly has some overtones of salvation, it also is a comedic story about how the first guy had missed the whole point. Would it not be awesome when one day we can experience a meal with God.
He was eating with God right then.
Although we sometimes have the best of intentions, like that guy who spoke up at dinner, we can miss the opportunity right now.
We often come up with excuses about why we cannot do something.
Our excuses do not hold a candle in the wind when it comes to God.
This is why the story is funny.
Who buys a piece of land without first inspecting it?
What does the guy mean the oxen need to work; doesn’t the farmer decide when the oxen work the field?
What newly married couple doesn’t want to go out and party on their honeymoon?
The point of the story is when we choose to live for Jesus, the kingdom of heaven starts that second.
We don’t have to say would it be awesome someday because we can experience God today.
So why not be done with whatever excuses we have about why we are not living for God?
Further, why not begin experiencing his blessings for us today?