Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.” ‘

– Luke 14:16,17

Are you aware that Jesus is looking for disciples who are committed to him? Jesus told a parable that goes like this: A king prepared for an amazing banquet. In those days, a banquet was definitely a big deal, right? When a king hosted a gathering, the guests were likely to enjoy the best food and wine around. This would have been a memorable celebration with dancing, singing, and fun activities.

The king sent an invitation to his special guests, and then Jesus used rabbinic humor to describe the excuses given by those who chose not to attend the banquet. The first guest said he had just purchased land and needed to view it. Land isn’t bought and then looked at, is it? The next guest said he couldn’t go to the king’s event because he just bought five oxen, and he needed to go and “try them out.” No one would buy five oxen and then try them out. And then the third guest said, “I just got married, so I can’t come.” Well, I don’t know any wives who would turn down an invitation from the king. Each of these responses is humorous, right? Everyone would have wanted to attend the king’s banquet.

Friend, Jesus is calling for committed disciples! You are offered an amazing experience through salvation. It’s not necessary for you to make up fake excuses or be complacent. You can choose to receive and participate in God’s goodness. It’s not just for you, but for the people who need and love you! Let Jesus help you receive all that He has and become the best version of yourself!


I ask you Father not to let my excuses stop me from receiving all that you have for me.


Do you consider yourself a committed disciple of Jesus Christ?

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