Jesus Invited us to the Large Banquet
November 2, 2018
During the weekly Wednesday chapel on October 31, Mr. Miller delivered a message with the title of “Hindrances to following God.”
The message was derived from Luke 14:16-29. A short summary of this parable is: a certain man was preparing a great banquet. He sent his servants out to tell those who had been invited to come over. Yet, three of those men started making some excuses to avoid the banquet.
The first one made an excuse by mentioning his new field he must take care of. The second one made an excuse by saying he had bought five yokes of oxen, and he had to go examine them. Finally, the third one made an excuse because he got married and was too busy. After these three men said their different excuses, the servants went back to their master to report what they had said. Thus, the master made the decision to welcome the poor, disabled, and blind men.
The advice from this passage was that those who make excuses can’t go to the amazing banquet that Jesus has invited us to. Jesus wants all us to go to this banquet and stay with Him .
Unfortunately, there are a lot of temptations that distract us from our relationship with Christ. For example, in this parable, there were three main things that hindered the men’s relationship with Christ: possessions, employment, and family.
Nowadays, people are tempted by entertainment, money, games, possessions, and other earthly factors. Of course, these cab seem important; but from God's point of view, they aren't as important as obeying Christ.
In Matthew 6:19-24, it talks about storing up your treasures in heaven. Yes, it is important to achieve good positions and receive higher education in society. But, we must not forget to store up the spiritual treasures in heaven. Also, in Matthew 6:24, it states that “ You cannot serve both God and money.”
Therefore, it is necessary to communicate with God and grow your faith to overcome the worldly temptations. Furthermore, the result of following Jesus will be much more valuable than what you get for following man-made rules.