Come When You Are Called
Author: Mike Schroeder
Posted By: Rick Billings
On: Apr 02, 2018
Luke 14:16-18 begins the parable of the great banquet, “A certain man was giving a large banquet and invited many. And he sent his servant at the hour of the banquet to say to those who have been invited, ‘Come, because now it is ready!’ And they all alike began to excuse themselves.”
Isn’t it interesting that the excuses which the would-be guests use are both frugal and prudent? Without any context or knowledge of the point Jesus is making we might even have praised these characters as having a good work ethic or business sense. However, those who reject the call to the feast are absolutely not heroes and are not to be looked up to.
Matthew’s version of this parable in chapter 22 helps us to understand the gravity of these men’s decisions. Verse 2 specifies that the man issuing the invitations is in fact a king. How dare these men choose financial ventures over their master? How could someone excuse themselves on account of a recent marriage? A king does not reschedule at our convenience, we drop everything for him. In this story what they are called for isn’t even a bother, but instead it is a reward. They are not overworked or incapable, they are ungrateful.
The frightening truth at the end of the tale is that the king kills the ungrateful guests and invites new ones. No change of date, no second banquet, no second chance. If we are too busy for God, he will find someone who isn’t.