The Invitation: For the Hopeless

This week, we began talking about the invitation to know Christ being sent to world. Who will respond? How do they respond? In our last post we talked about the people who hear the invitation to know Christ, and instead of responding in joy, they are lured away by their possessions...

Luke 14:16-17 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.” 

This second groups is concerned about their job. Their career is more important. “You don’t want me to get behind at work do you?” They say. “I work so hard all week, I just need to relax!” This kind of response doesn't come from a heart that wants God, it comes from a heart that thinks seeking God is a chore. It's like having another job. 

V.20 "Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’  

To these people, their relationships are more important. My [girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, child, mom, dad] are just not into church stuff.  “God would not want me to stress out those relationships would He?” What is God’s response to this? Anger.

V21 "So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, '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.

He does not go back to those who had been invited and begin to beg them to come.  No, God’s response is justified anger. "Do not invite now but bring (take hold and move) those who can not come on their own." The group that receive and respond to God's invitation are the hurting people. These are people going through divorces, severe tragedies, disappointments  that have left them wounded, or they are simply aware of their need for a savior. Jesus does not say to invite these, but to bring them in.  We, the church, take the initiative to go to them and bring them to Christ and Church. And when we bring them, they will find  “the Lord is their shepherd, they will not be in want”