When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many… 18 But they all alike began to make excuses.
And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedbges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.’”
There is a strange phenomenon associated with the invitation to enter the Kingdom of God and feast with God. People find themselves unavailable. The invitation comes but they have something going that will not allow them to consider and accept the offer. When receiving God’s good invitation, they simply make excuses. It’s business or stuff or family concerns or almost anything else. Something about the invitation to join God for a meal simply brings out the procrastinationary spirit in people. We are an excuse making people in many respects. Especially, it seems, when God is making the offer.
God won’t wait around forever for someone to receive His amazingly generous offer. He sends His servants into the streets and towns and country roads – near and faraway places – and has them compel the outcast and downtrodden to come. Compel them. This offer of God is simply too good to be missed and He will do everything He can to fill up His table and His house with anyone who is humble enough to accept His offer. Some lame, earthly, temporary excuse by one will not deter Him from finding other humble ones that He can bless. His anger burns toward the prideful busy ones who reject His offer like children turning up their nose at a hot meal because it doesn’t look right or because they think they have found something better. What could be better than dinner with Father God?
God will seek and find those who will humbly receive His generous offer and bring them to Himself. May this same spirit invade our souls and motivate us as we walk this walk. May we be humbled before this generous invitation that He has given us. Open our eyes, Lord, that we may see those who are hungering and thirsting after the Feast of God and invite them to Your table. There is nothing more important than Father God’s invitation.