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I ask questions only each of you can answer for yourself. Are you panicking? What is your daily food? Are you picking up the newspapers and stuffing yourselves on fear and frenzy? Are you clicking back and forth between channels of news searching for the most “devastating” report to be found?
My next question to you, “have you found your fear?” If so, what have you accomplished? The world is always going to feed to you what is best for demoralization of our hope. So when is it time to read further? And where do you turn for such hope? Never live in ignorance for what’s going on in the world but let these be markers to you for what is coming. Without being doomsayers, let’s speak of truth. The countdown is at hand and your time for choosing is before you.
Search deep in your heart and if there is even an inkling of curiosity that Jesus is for real, than recognize this call home and answer the knock. There will come a day when the door to this wedding banquet will be closed and those who declined the invitation will remain outside. Imagine missing out on the party of all parties to be everlasting? Why would you gamble your life betting in the opposite direction? What is the alternative….death eternal?
The Story of the Dinner Party (Luke 14:15-24) The Message Bible
That triggered a response from one of the guests: “How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!” Jesus followed up. “Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’
“Then they all began to beg off, one after another making excuses. The first said, ‘I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets.’
“Another said, ‘I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets.’
“And yet another said, ‘I just got married and need to get home to my wife.’
“The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged and told the servant, ‘Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them here.’
“The servant reported back, ‘Master, I did what you commanded- and there’s still room.’
“The master said, ‘Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house full! Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party.'”