In Luke 14 Jesus told a parable of a guy who planned a really awesome banquet and invited many guests. Though we don’t know exactly who those guests were, I’m assuming he invited the people closest to him first. Friends, family, coworkers. And he probably invited some distinguished guests as well — people who were important and prominent in that community.
But one by one they turned down the invitation because of something they deemed as more important. One of them had just bought some land. Another some oxen. Another one had just gotten married. They all had things that were more important to them than the banquet.
So the man told his servants to go out and find people who had time for him and for the amazing things that he was offering. The parable concludes with the man saying those folks that I initially invited will never get a taste of what I planned for them.
I’m sure that for decades theologians have been discussing what this Scripture means, but to me it seems pretty simple: God has cool things planned for us. He invites us to join Him at HIs table, where we can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” But too often we have distractions that keep us from showing up. And these distractions cost us the privilege of enjoying all of what God has for us.
I have to share this song, simply because it always comes to mind when I hear this parable (and because I occasionally like to send videos that border on annoying just for fun:)
But this video is super powerful. I’ve shared it last January, but if you haven’t watched it you should… It gives me goose bumps. It’s a great way of looking at the table we are invited to and the importance not only of coming to Jesus, but coming together with so many others to feast with HIm.