“So those who…are last will be first…, and those who…are first will be last…. For many are called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16 AMP
I have read this verse many times. However, when I read this in the context of another verse it literally sent chills through me. The second verse was this:
“23 Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and urge and constrain [them] to yield and come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall taste my supper.” Luke 14:23-24 AMP
This made me stop and think. I’m not the best at an RSVP to invitations. As a matter of fact, I have gradually fallen “off the list” so to speak. There was a time that my social calendar was very full and it was a priority. However, there was a shift for me. It was not my intent to offend anyone. It just slid down my list. I still have coffee, lunch and dinner with intimates and associates on a less frequent basis. My schedule has a much more leisurely pace these days….by design.
However, as I was thinking about this grand feast that was prepared as described in the scripture, the words that were bone-chilling to me were:
“…not one of those who were invited shall taste my supper.”
Have I ever not shown up for God? Has He ever set a table for me and I made other priorities? I had to sit with that one a while. A long while. I’m still reeling a little. What if in my hustle and bustle I never even looked at His invitation? Or what if my calendar was so full of other priorities that His fell off my list?
As I step back, I realize that I have to reassess. That is one invitation I do not want to neglect. I also want to make sure that my relationships with others reflect His graciousness as well (i.e. treat others with respect and care).
Father, I repent for ever taking Your invitation for granted. Help me treat You as my first priority. Help me love others like You love me and treat them with respect and care.