16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. 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 hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Our text tells us about a man who was having a banquet or a feast. The man had his servant invite several people to the banquet. When the time had come many of the people gave excuses as to why they could not come. The man had his servant go invite the poor and beggars to the banquet. Even after that there was still room at this banquet because so many people had given excuses for why they could not make it. Of course, the man who put on this banquet was very upset.
Jesus used parables sometimes to get his point across instead of telling his points directly. We can take the overall message from this story and apply it to our relationship with Jesus Christ. We always have an invitation to spend time with the Lord and strengthen our relationship with Him, but how often do we really take advantage of it? So often we put everything else first in our lives and God last, knowing this is wrong.
We pray on the go in the morning or fall asleep praying at night. The only time we read our bibles or study is when we're at church. We call on the Lord when we feel like we need the Lord! The crazy part about all this is that God is the one who gave us everything we own, our abilities, and our activities we are involved in. Therefore if we are going to put something last it should one of these other things and certainly not our Lord. Let’s look at a popular verse from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount- Matthew 6:33 (KJV):
33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We have no need to wonder if God will take care of us, none at all. If we recognize Him as our primary need He alone will take care of the rest.
I gave the example in my Sunday School class: how would you feel if you got the chance to meet the President. Even if you don’t like his actions/views it would still feel good just to say, “I met the President!" Someone who is very power, influential, and important and in a very high place took the time out to spend time with you. That would make you feel special.
Well we know that there is no one more powerful, influential, or important than Jesus and He always has time for us. Do not be like the people in this parable that Jesus told. Take advantage of the "feast" that has been given to you. Yes once you are saved you are guaranteed eternal salvation in the next life. However, there is an amazing relationship that can be experienced in this life with Jesus Christ. Thank God for giving His Son for you. Take advantage of that gift through prayer, bible study, devotion, and putting God first in EVERYTHING YOU DO!!!
Romans 8:32 (KJV) reminds of how much God cares about us and how He will take care of Christians:
32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?