Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’
“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
Too busy with the cares and responsibilities of this life, too busy with what I want to do, too busy to spend time with one another, with the Creator, too busy to enjoy life. So the invitation was given to those who were not too busy, they had nothing to be busy about; the poor, the homeless, the ill. The question that comes to mind is; are we too busy to live and enjoy life, are we too busy to share what we have, are we too busy to come into a full knowledge of who God is and what He asks of us.
The Word of God and His promise to mankind came first to Abraham’s seed, through them. They became too busy, relied on ritual and law to keep the relationship alive. Therefore, the master opened up the invitation to any who would respond. The path to God, to a relationship with Him is made available to all who will receive through Jesus His son. There are no restrictions placed upon who may come other than to accept the invitation.
To those of us who have accepted the invitation let us be found faithful to share what we have with any others who will receive. Let us not be found guilty of placing restrictions on who we are willing to share with when the God of heaven has not.