Luke 14:15-24 Too Busy to Feast
Jesus and the Parable of the Great Banquet
Jesus often told wise stories, also known as parables. In the same way that he told the parable of the good samaritan, he also told the parable of the great banquet. An invite is sent out to attend a party, a feast, a banquet. A huge even that in we can appreciate in any culture. This is the place to be, to enjoy food, drink, entertainment, people’s company. In general, this is the time to be festive and to celebrate and enjoy life.
Wouldn’t it be odd to get a once-in-a-life opportunity to be invited to the biggest banquet on earth? However, what’s even odder, would be to make up and excuse not to be able to make it. Imagine that! Sorry, I can’t make it, I just bought a new section of land. Sorry, I can’t make it, I just bought a new car. Sorry, I can’t make it I just go married.
You’ve Been Invited
There is a feast for all of mankind that waits beyond death’s door. Yet the challenge placed down in Luke, by Jesus himself, is that we as humans often have our priorities in the wrong place. When we realize that there is a huge banquet that is being prepared for us after we die, it is foolishness to turn around and say “sorry I can’t make it”. Yet, this is often what we do. We can see this through our life priorities.
Think you’re Coming?
Let’s do a quick check to see if you qualify for the feast. Do you:
- Feel close to God
- Serve God
- Please God
- Have Christian Friends
- Attend Church
- Pray regularly
If you answered yes to one or multiple of these question, you still don’t qualify (trick question). These are completely irrelevant when it comes to joining Gods’ feast. That’s right, the only thing that gets us into the royal halls of the feast, is to respond to the invite.
RSVP – Response Required
Responding to the invite sounds straight forward but is ‘easy said than done’. Throughout all of humanity, we know that we prioritize other areas of our life before God. We quickly make idols of purchasing land, our careers, being prosperous, our family, our relationships etc. When we prioritize these things before God we make idols for ourselves. We must continue to remember that our purpose here on earth is to make God famous, not ourselves!
Caution your MacDonalds is Offensive
If our version of joining God’s kingdom is simply just a ‘beefed up version of living for myself – then we have missed the mark. We have not accepted the invitation. Rather, we think somehow we can contribute to the feast, by bringing our efforts and our contribution to the festival. Put it this way, God is offended when we try and bring our 3 days old MacDonald’s to his 5-star feast. He doesn’t need it. He just needs you to accept the invite.
Take some time to reflect right now, what idols are you prioritizing over Gods banquet invite?
Has this blog post made you hungry? Read our thoughts on dining in an Idol’s temple.