Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 30)
A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'
Luke 14:16-23 (NKJV)
If our upcoming meeting with Jesus is compared to a wonderful banquet (because it is many times in His Word), then we must learn from the Lord's Parables both the Do and Do Not Do behaviors--that we may enjoy the celebration to the glorious gain our Host intends.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The Lessons God's Son is teaching you about being proper dinner guests is not to improve your social life (while it may be a fringe benefit). They have life or death consequences for those identified as Christians:
1) Taking the low place or the low seat is a practice of humility, which elevates your standing with God.*
2) Fasting can help you humble yourself and get closer in Spirit with God. Jesus said His disciples would fast.**
The next three stories concern the end and terrible mistakes to avoid.
1) The five foolish virgins are Christians who may attend church and follow rules, but aren't fully fueled in Spirit.***
2) The Wedding Feast guests may be Christians who get preoccupied with themselves and forget the real Lord of their lives.****
2b) The guest who was not properly dressed was not a true follower of Christ, so he wasn't clothed in righteousness.****
3) The guests of the Great Supper are saints who prefer their work to time with God and expect Him to pardon this choice.*****
3b) To replace insincere insiders, God invites strangers others might scorn. You now carry these invitations.
To Be Continued...
* Parable: Take the Lowly Place: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14%3A7-11&version=NKJV
** Parable: Friends of the Bridegroom Fasting: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt.9%3A15&version=NKJV
*** Parable: The Wise and Foolish Virgins: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt25%3A1-13&version=NKJV
**** Parable: The Wedding Feast: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A1-14&version=NKJV
***** Parable: The Great Supper: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14%3A15-24&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.