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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Who's invited?

Matthew 22:1-6
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
2‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Week in and week out, Christians and religious folk ask themselves and others the question of who will get to the kingdom of heaven, who's holy enough to be included and who to sinful to go. This parable reminds us all that everyone is invited. The problem is that some choose not to attend, others mistreat the messengers, but those who would least expect to receive an invitation are invited and attend in such a great number to fill the kingdom.

Today's blog is short but deep. Please spend time today focusing on how you live. Are you waiting for the kingdom of God to be handed to you or are you living out the kingdom of God right here and now on earth. Which invited guest are you? The one whom would leave and go back home or to the far? The ones who would kill or capture the messengers? Or are you the guest whom are least expected be invited and then receive an invitation?

Carefully choose where you would classify yourself, and reflect on what that says about how you are living. We will dig deeper tomorrow. Until then Love, Pastor J

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