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“I tell you, not one of these men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.” (Luke 14:24 NIV)
The man at the table with Jesus realized the beauty of His Kingdom and was pleased to acknowledge the blessing of being at the Lord’s feast. As he had a willingness to understand, Jesus took him to a greater depth of understanding.
An invitation to join the Kingdom is open to all who will come. Just like the man with many invited guests, God has laid an open invitation to His great banquet. It’s the feast of the Spirit for the soul, as the soul recognizes the one who created it and rejoices in the Spirit’s presence. But sadly, all whom the man had invited didn’t show up, being occupied in their own business. For them, it wasn’t a matter of pleasure. The Spirit is ready to give, but sadly the flesh is too busy minding its own matters.
The Lord invites us to his great banquet, in which He serves Life. Our Lord says, “Come for everything is now ready” (Luke 14:17 NIV) but the flesh has excuses to make (Luke 14:18-20 NIV). The flesh has no time to spare, or heart to receive, neither ears to hear nor eyes to see. Who is at a loss? The Spirit? By no means. But we seldom understand the spiritual depth of decisions we make. Great is the gift of free will but the carnal flesh fails to choose wisely.
You are personally invited to be a part of the ‘banquet of life’ where on the menu they serve agape love, peace, joy, laughter, contentment, security with honour and respect. It doesn’t matter which group or culture you happen to belong to, it’s open for all. Choose to be a part of the lavish banquet that the Lord has in store for you. Respond to His gracious call with saving faith, and make a decision to be there.
Here is your invitation: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Acts 2:21 NIV
Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India - firstname.lastname@example.org
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