The Great Banquet
Everyone has been called by God to come live a beautiful life in relation with Him and walking led by His Spirit. However, too often, when we receive the call, we let the worries, responsibilities, relationships get in the way.
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ (Luke 14: 16-20)
Personally, I do not think when Jesus told this parable meant to put anyone down or remove what are our worldly responsibilities. We are called to work, be in community to be fruitful within our families, both spiritually and physically. But it all jumps back to what He said to the expert in religious law when he asked:
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live! " (Luke 10: 25-28)
When we step out of the context of our world, we can enter into the Spiritual realm of being with God; this of course is why Jesus came and died. To show us how to live a life following God and to free us from the punishment from our sins committed.
At the point that we enter into this connection, both heart, soul and mind with our Father in Heaven, we will become who were we originally created to be; loving, patient, gentle, kind and the our life as well as our minds will start to be renewed with a new, kingdom mindedness for life. This is a beautiful spot to be in and hope we can all get there some day!