What Jesus Did! 'The Privilege of an Invitation' — Luke 14:15-24

Saturday, September 5, 2015

One of the men sitting at the table with Jesus heard these things. The man said to Jesus, "What a great blessing it will be for a person to eat a meal in God's kingdom!" Jesus said to him, "A man gave a big dinner. The man invited many people. When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come! The food is ready!' But all the guests said they could not come. Each man made an excuse. The first man said, 'I have just bought a field, so I must go look at it. Please excuse me.' Another man said, 'I have just bought five pairs of work animals; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.' A third man said, 'I just got married; I can't come.' So the servant returned. He told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, 'Hurry! Go into the streets and alleys of the town. Bring me the poor people, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' Later the servant said to him, 'Master, I did what you told me to do, but we still have places for more people.' The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and country roads. Tell the people there to come. I want my house to be full! None of those people that I invited first will ever eat with me!'"
— Luke 14:15-24
Illustration of Luke 14:15-24 — "What a great blessing it will be for a person to eat a meal in God's kingdom!"

Key Thought

Freedom and democracy are great gifts that many of us take for granted. The price paid to provide these blessings has been high. So often, we approach our freedom with a sense of entitlement—I deserve this, I am owed this, this is my right, etc. To be invited to be a recipient of God's salvation and all that it entails is a gift from God's mercy and grace, not something that we are owed. To spurn God's grace, to put off our complete response to his invitation of salvation, is to invite disaster and to insult the One who paid such a high price to give us this opportunity. If you have been putting off your total surrender to Christ as Lord, please ... listen to God's invitation and respond ... today!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for procrastinating away so many opportunities to serve you with whole-hearted passion. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One of the men sitting at the table with Jesus heard these things. The man said to Jesus, "What a great blessing it will be for a person to eat a meal in God's kingdom!" Jesus said to him, "A man gave a big dinner. The man invited many people. When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come! The food is ready!' But all the guests said they could not come. Each man made an excuse. The first man said, 'I have just bought a field, so I must go look at it. Please excuse me.' Another man said, 'I have just bought five pairs of work animals; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.' A third man said, 'I just got married; I can't come.' So the servant returned. He told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, 'Hurry! Go into the streets and alleys of the town. Bring me the poor people, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' Later the servant said to him, 'Master, I did what you told me to do, but we still have places for more people.' The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and country roads. Tell the people there to come. I want my house to be full! None of those people that I invited first will ever eat with me!'"

Luke 14:15-24

Related Scripture Readings

One of the teachers of the law came to Jesus. He heard Jesus arguing with the Sadducees and the Pharisees. He saw that Jesus gave good answers to their questions. So he asked Jesus, "Which of the commands is most important?" Jesus answered, "The most important command is this: 'People of Israel, listen! The Lord our God is the only Lord. You must love the Lord your God. You must love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'

Mark 12:28-30

So brothers and sisters, I beg you to do something. God has shown us great mercy. So offer your lives as a living sacrifice to God. Your offering must be only for God and will be pleasing to him. This offering of yourselves is the spiritual way for you to worship (serve) God. Don't change yourselves to be like the people of this world. But let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what things are good and pleasing to God and what things are perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

Remember your leaders. They taught God's message to you. Remember how they lived and died, and copy their faith.

Hebrews 13:7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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