Christ's MessageBro. David Chancellor
7/14/2002 6:00 PM
The devil has much of humanity's ear. The message of Jesus needs to get through to souls.
And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant; Go out quickly into the streets and lands of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Christ had been explaining these things and one said, "Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." Christ begins to tell this story. A supper was made and all the ones invited to it began to make excuse. It is blessed to eat bread in the kingdom of God, but often humanity begins to make excuse. Usually the word "party" doesn't bring this reaction. The usual response is "where and when?" At Christ's supper, this picture shows it as being hard to fill the chairs. Would the new governor have this kind of difficulty getting people to come to the inaugural ball? Yet, people are giving excuses for not coming to the supper of the king of kings. When people don't really want to come to something, they begin to make excuse. Who would buy oxen without knowing if they would work together? What kind of an excuse is "I have a wife."? As far as humanity goes, we tend to let excuses go. We accept that we aren't on their list of priorities. It's sad when God gets this reception, though. People need to realize that excuses don't mean much when you stand before God. Why can't humanity see this before staring death in the face? An awakening needs to take place in souls that are lost. We aren't inviting them to something gloomy. We are inviting them to enjoy the blessings of God. We aren't called to present the gospel with a sad face. Why do people think they loose all pleasure when they walk with God? There is true joy in the presence of God.
The devil would have people make these excuses: "I'll serve God someday", "I just can't live it" (which really means they think that God can't keep them). These are lies of the devil. Christ prayed that his people might be kept. Would we be so brash as to say that he failed? He can keep us if we will commit to him. He can keep us in the face of pressure. Pressure doesn't end at school; you have to be able to stand. Keep God first, wherever you are.
Another excuse is, "The way looks so hard" (or they think that Christ is a hard taskmaster). If you had a man on trial, you would want someone that knows him to be a character witness. The Christian has tried both ways and knows which is harder. The way of sin is hard. Christ is not a hard taskmaster. What makes a good boss? The one who is fair, who wouldn't ask you to do anything that he wouldn't do. Christ hasn't asked us to suffer anything that he hasn't gone through first. He bore everything he will ever ask you to bear. He doesn't ask for anything that he hasn't been through first. He went through things much more difficult than we have ever faced.
Another excuse is "He wouldn't accept anyone as low as me." Christ said, "Whosoever will." This takes in all mankind. The command to preach to all would be a ridiculous command if there was an "elect". He will receive "whosoever will". It requires a will. Many will be left out because they are willing to make excuses. The invitation is for a time and a space. If you don't accept and keep making excuses long enough, you will miss out. Souls need to be awakened to the invitation. God has an RSVP on his invitation, too. He's not too soft for any to be lost. When this life is past, our invitation is over. People's invitation will not last forever. Souls that don't know God are missing out, on eternity, and on blessings of God that he gives now. They need to hear this message - You're missing out. Those that eat bread in the house of God are blessed, both now and in eternity.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
"How shall we escape if we neglect...?" If we make excuse or make light of what God is offering, that is neglect. What is our hope of another invitation? We don't want to stand before God with a handful of excuses. God needs to be a priority. We go as individuals. We have to choose as an individual. The soul that neglects also chooses. If someone misses out it is because they have listened to a liar. God has made an invitation. Let's not neglect to accept it by making excuse.