Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This is Your Invitation

by Aleta Kay

Do you like weddings? Sure, they make women cry—happy tears, tears of joy. They are festive, beautiful, and so often temporary. People spend an enormous amount of money on a celebration that they aren’t even committed to for a lifetime. Maybe the parents are really crying because the money may have been spent in vain and they know it.
          But there is another wedding feast that won’t cost us anything. The festivities will last for an undetermined amount of time and there will never be a divorce. The feast will be incredible and there is no dress code, no income level you have to meet to be accepted. Sound too good to be true? On earth it is—but all things are possible with God.
          Luke 14 gives us the invitation. “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many; And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, ‘Come; for all things are now ready.’ And 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’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came, and showed 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.’ And the servant said, ‘Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.’ And 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. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.’
          You see that invitations were sent out to the first two men, and most likely many more who also made excuses. This is a picture of God inviting people to join His family, to repent of their sins, accept the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross, ask Him to be their Lord and Saviour, and ask Him to help them be more like Him. The first people to whom the invitation was given were the Jews, God’s chosen people (they are still His chosen people, but like the rest of us, must accept Christ as the Messiah to be accepted by God).
          When anyone rejects the invitation God offers it to someone else. If you are reading this then He is offering it to you. If you have not already accepted the invitation to be born again, today is the day; now is the time, as stated in 2 Corinthians 6:2—“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Once you have accepted this invitation you have an automatic invitation to the marriage supper of the lamb, which will come later. Come on, join God’s family! It’s great.

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