S (Scripture): Luke 12:15 When one of the dinner guests heard Jesus’ remarks, he said to Jesus, “Happy are those who will feast in God’s kingdom.”
16 Jesus replied, “A certain man hosted a large dinner and invited many people. 17 When it was time for the dinner to begin, he sent his servant to tell the invited guests, ‘Come! The dinner is now ready.’ 18 One by one, they all began to make excuses. The first one told him, ‘I bought a farm and must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I bought five teams of oxen, and I’m going to check on them. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 When he returned, the servant reported these excuses to his master. The master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go quickly to the city’s streets, the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.’ 22 The servant said, ‘Master, your instructions have been followed and there is still room.’ 23 The master said to the servant, ‘Go to the highways and back alleys and urge people to come in so that my house will be filled. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
O (Observation): Dang! Crazy story. Sounds like the original guest list was full of folks who just didn’t care. And the folks who were invited at the last minute…maybe they should have been on the original invite list. Hmm…
A (Application): Honestly, I’ve been on both on all sides of this story. I’ve invited people. I’ve invited the wrong people. I’ve invited the outcast. I’ve been invited and blown it off. I’ve been left off of the invite list, and later on…invited.
Bring em all in! Every last one. And let’s see who appreciates the invite. I don’t care what kind of criticism we receive. Let’s just get everyone in here.
P (Prayer): Lord, give me clarity to follow your Spirit…not my own. Remind to open up that invitation list. Amen.