A few months ago she planned a little party of her own.
Reference: “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.’ (Luke 14:18 NIV)
Explore: When planning an event, one of the most challenging aspects is when people don’t RSVP.
My 21 year old daughter is a typical young adult of our time. She will see an invitation but then wait until the day before the event to decide whether she will go or not.
It’s not that she’s forgotten about the occasion, quite the contrary. What she is doing is researching to see who else is going and what other opportunities might be on offer.
A few months ago she planned a little party of her own. The week before the event she came to me so frustrated because guests still hadn’t given her their RSVP.
I sympathised with her, but couldn’t resist saying that maybe the next time she was invited to an event she should RSVP quickly to reduce the frustration for her friends!
Application: When it comes to our social lives we can often get very selfish. We only want our closest friends at parties, we are protective of our weekends and we want to make sure we have the ultimate experience.
When we look to the Kingdom of God and the call God has on our lives, these social ideals seem so far from His reality.
God’s arms are wide open for all to attend His table. Those who make excuses or wait until it’s too late will be the ones who miss out.
Let’s not be in that group!
Prayer: Lord, may we have open arms in our lives and never forget to put You first. Amen.
How can you open your life a little further to those who need to be at God’s table?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.