“But they all alike began to make excuses”
(Luke 14:18)

The guests had been invited to God’s proposed banquet and, in terms of the customs of the day, would have accepted the invitation. Now that the day had arrived they all began to make excuses for their not attending. To do so was a great insult – and the reasons given showed just how lightly they viewed the honour.

Each one of us has been invited to join God in His celebration of Life. Many of us will have accepted that invitation as we have responded to Jesus call to ‘come to Me.’ This invitation is not to become a lonely convert but, as with a banquet, to become a part of a celebrating community. It is within such a community that Jesus calls us to remember His great and life-giving sacrifice – in response to His words “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Each one of us is expected to take our place within the worshipping community of the Lord. We are also called and commissioned into the Lord’s ministry.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

If we are not doing so then we do need to question ourselves on our reasons and whether they will stand up to the Lord’s scrutiny. We may also be missing out on some great friendships, on being a support, inspiration and encouragement to others, as well as helping to bring new life to the church. How priceless is the prospect of the Lord’s smiling affirmation,

“Well done, good and faithful servant! “ (Matthew 25:21)

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)


Lord please help me not to hold back but to walk into the place that You have prepared for me. Amen.



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