Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ – Luke 14:16-20
The parable reveals how believers can make excuses about what they are not willing to do despite what the Lord is inviting them to participate in with Him. You see, His “great feast” is by invitation only but of “those who were invited” they all made excuses.
The church resembles the world when we consider the work od the church. We have more people sitting than serving. He have more people taking in the Word than those taking action with the Word. In fact, we don’t accept the world’s 80/20 principle. In the church, we have adjusted the odds to 90/10, accepting it more as fact rather than a challenge for us to overcome with prayer, fasting, teaching, training, and mentoring.
Jesus spoke of the cost of becoming His disciple throughout this very chapter of Luke (vv. 10-11, 13, 26-27, 33). He reminds us that our main aim in this life is to live a life of sacrifice for His sake. We sacrifice by taking a servant’s position, seeking to satisfy others more than ourselves. As His disciples (followers), we are to serve those who cannot pay us back just as we are debtors to the One who paid a price that we cannot pay back (Luke 14:14). By doing so, we support others and serve the Lord by reflecting His example and meeting His expectation of us.
Since we have been called by Christ, let us not turn back or create excuses. For every reason why we won’t or don’t do more, He hung, suffered, bled, endured and died to give us all the reason that we need not to quit or walk away from His calling on our lives.
Don’t dwell in a place of complacency or mediocrity. Get back on track with the Lord. Give Him all of you, all that you have to give Him since nothing was held back when He save you and I.
We have been called by the Master. We have been called and we cannot turn back, not now and not ever.