The Wedding Celebration
– Luke 14:15 (CEV) (Read Luke 14:15-24)
Luke’s version gives a fair amount of color and detail here. It paints a picture of people who are just too busy and self-absorbed to come to the party. One guy RSVPs by saying he can’t make it because he just bought a new piece of property; too much to do there. Another says he’s busy with his livestock. Then another one says he’s just gotten married himself and can’t possibly come.
I would like us to consider these parables as if they are about the call to corporately worship with one another in church.
When the invitation to worship comes, what is the attitude of our heart: apathy or excitement? Do we have excuses? Are there twenty-seven other things that seem more important for us to do?
We have a job; we have family responsibilities; we have all sorts of things that we must do. Of course, all of these things are important. The Bible never says that they are not important. But we must recognize whether those things are trying to creep into first place and keep us from the joy of coming to the celebration and worshiping together corporately.
That’s what church is all about! It’s a big celebration of the goodness of God!
Putting God first and putting the Kingdom first means we put worship first.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I accept the invitation to deepen my relationship with You in worship. Help me order my priorities to match Yours. Don’t let me get so distracted that I start to have the wrong attitude about worshiping. Instead, I choose to follow Your lead in my life, and I ask that you rekindle my love for You — your presence in a new way. In your name I pray, Amen.