For the past 3 months, I’ve been stretching out the sleeves of this new job of mine. A majority of the time my life looks like revelations passed through emails to the squad and I came to this realization that I want to continue to pass it on….
Invitation: invəˈtāSH(ə)n/ noun
a written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something.
I started thinking how invitations feel (seeing as how wedding season is upon me). There’s this vulnerability that comes when asking someone to something. What if they say no? Or when someone asks you, you have all the power. Do we even recognize that power we have?
Let me set the scene:
Imagine this grand Sabbath dinner. It looks merry and enchanting, but imagine adding tension to the mix. In Luke, Jesus was sitting at the table and tension was growing heavy since He entered the room. It further escalated once he healed a man and then decided to silence the critics of their pride and selfishness. Imagine the kind of tension at a dinner table where your skin crawls and you want to melt out of your seat. It was at this moment someone blurted out, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” It was right after that Jesus said, “If you do not accept the invitation given to you right now, you may find the door to kingdom shut in your face.”
-God extended the invitation to you specifically wherever you are right now.
He’s a Dad that has invited us to the table. “To let your soul delight in abundance” – Isaiah 55
He’s the Father that throws us a celebration when we reply to the invitation. Celebrate.
He has opened His home and table up to you. Come and Eat.
-God’s invitation can be refused
Some people will turn down the invitation and not because they’re evil or they’re rejecting God, but they simply believe that they have more important things to do.
In Luke, someone bought land they needed to go see about instead of going to the party. He was concerned about his investments that he had made – it’s these possessions that demand all of our attention and rob us of our spiritual wealth. Another just bought some oxen and couldn’t attend. His domestic cares and responsibilities controlled his spiritual life. And the last man couldn’t attend because he had his wife at home. Trying to control home life, unhealthy boundaries, and unbalanced relationships kept him from saying yes.
-He will invite others
God didn’t plea or beg the guests to come or stay. He simply said, “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.”
It is then, once we refuse the invitation, that we must realize we may never be given another opportunity such as this.
You’ll often hear me talk about the table, RSVP’ing to the party, choosing in, and saying ‘yes’. It’s something that God has placed firmly on my heart and I’ve seen what saying yes to the banquet/party/dinner can do. It is what pulled me from the depths of darkness, what allowed the Holy Spirit to move in my life, and allowed my soul to delight in abundance. He is so good and His party is the greatest.
What are possessions that demand you of your time and attention?
What are some responsibilities back home that keep replaying or stealing you from your present moment?