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Bible Passage Luke 14:15-35
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Luke.

Advantaging God’s Grace

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 10, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
15 Then one of those who sat at the table with Him, after hearing these things, said to Him, “Blessed is the one who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”

16 But He said to him, “A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.

17 And he sent his servants at supper time to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 But everyone with one consent began to excuse himself. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I need to go out to see it; I beg you to have me excused.’

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five pairs of oxen, and I am going to try them out; I beg you to have me excused.’

20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and because of this I am unable to come.’

21 And that servant came and reported these things to his lord. Then the master of the house was angry; and he said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.’

22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, it has been done as you commanded, and there is still room.’

23 Then the lord said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.

24 For I tell you, not one of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper.’ ”

25 And great multitudes were going with Him; and He turned and said to them,

26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers and sisters, and, in addition, his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

27 And whoever does not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple;

28 For which one of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has sufficient for its completion;

29 Lest perhaps, after he has laid its foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish’?

31 Or what king, when he goes out to engage another king in war, does not first sit down and take counsel, whether he will be able with ten thousand to meet him who is coming against him with twenty thousand?

32 But if not, while his enemy is still far off, he sends ambassadors and desires the terms for peace.

33 In the same way also, each one of you who does not forsake all that he possesses cannot be My disciple.

34 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?

35 It is fit neither for the land, nor for the manure; but they cast it out. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

BACKGROUND
Jesus taught in the house of His Pharisee host that we should not take prominent places at tables and invite lowly people to our banquets. We discussed that yesterday and encouraged ourselves to invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame to our tables so that God Himself will recompense us.

One of the guests, hearing Jesus’ illustrations about feasting, tried to impress Him with a comment concerning the coming great feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15). In reply Jesus told a parable designed to make the man, and the other guests, realize that many who thought themselves assured of a place in the kingdom were going to miss out.

Jesus likened the kingdom to a feast to which many were invited, but for various reasons they all refused. This was how most of the Jews treated Jesus’ invitation. They felt they were good enough already and did not need to repent (Luke 14:16-20). Consequently, the religiously respectable people were left out of the kingdom, but outcasts such as beggars, tax collectors, and prostitutes were included. Even Gentiles from far-off places accepted the invitation that the Jews refused (Luke 14:21-24).

Before one begins a party meal, invitations are sent to the guests for them to accept to come before the meal preparations begin. The people originally invited earlier consented to the invitation, only for them to disappoint the host in the end. But Jesus sent people unto the streets to compel people to fill the place.

Following Jesus comes with a cost that must be properly considered before accepting the invitation. It calls for leaving everything else including family and relations. In no way means family shall be neglected or disrespected. It means family shall not impede one’s relationship with God. We shall only keep our taste when we remain close to Jesus.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷The kingdom of God is never the preserve of any group of people. It belongs to all

🔷 Our actions and laws must be disability friendly and teach people to show concern for the disabled

🔷 The reward of following Jesus faithfully far outweighs the cost. The cost may be huge but the profit can never be counted.

🔷 We can only remain relevant if we continue to share a very close relationship with our God.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask for the heart that will accept Jesus’ invitation and follow Him always
💥 Pray for the poor and the disabled

CONCLUSION📙
God’s grace exists for all to enjoy. But we must equally make the effort and denounce certain things to benefit fully from this gracious love of God. Don’t lose your conscience. Rather painstakingly follow Jesus diligently and He shall reward you with much.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections