Have you ever hosted a party, wedding ceremony, charity benefit, dinner or holiday party or perhaps were invited to an event and no one showed up? You send out invitations and no one replies or if you get a reply it says "I'm sorry I can't make it."  Sounds discouraging doesn't it.

The act of sitting and dining brings people together to feast offering somewhere relaxed and natural for people to fellowship and network at ease. People love of good food, good drink and a glamorous atmosphere.  But do you know a lot of hard work goes into planning a luncheon, dinner  banquet or a holiday feast to ensure that a delicious menu is created and that the table is set up properly.

Well, there is a story in the Bible called the "Parable of the Great Banquet" where a certain man as preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. when everything was ready, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited to ‘Come, for everything is now ready,’ but everyone made excuses why they couldn't make it.  The Parable of the Great Banquet

One said, I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets." Another said, "I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets." yet another said, ‘I just got married and need to get home to my wife.’ Everyone politely apologized and asked to be  excused.

When the servant told the master what had happened he was outraged and sent the servant to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that his house will be full. The master said, "Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party.’" (Luke 14:24 The Message (MSG))

Excuses! We all make them! When being asked to do things or being invited to places we don’t really want to go, we typically say “yes” at the time, and then try to somehow get out of it later.

The host in the story went to great length to prepare for the delicious meal. But instead of hearing the sound of guests accepting his invitation, he hears apologies and excuses from the guests.

In Jesus’ Parable of the Great Banquet we get a taste of the great Messianic feast to come. When one of the men who ate with Jesus made a remark to Jesus about such a feast, He used it as the occasion for a parable warning that not everyone would enter the kingdom: "When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." Luke 14:15

In the process of doing life, don't make excuses that will cause you to miss the abundant life Jesus paid a price for you to have. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)

"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" (Mark 8:36)

Jesus came that we may have life overflowing.  Don't miss your seat at the table!

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green