Luke 14:18, 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 lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
Matthew 22:4-5, Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Nothing has changed. Our excuses are still the same. The very thing that hinders us falls into one of three categories.
I’m deeply convicted today. There is no thing, no job, no people that should keep me from doing what I know I must do for Christ. And when I say this, I don’t mean that the thing, the job or the people are to blame. It’s my own priority issue.
And here’s the revelation that settles in on me at the moment. Come unto the marriage. My life here on this earth is the ceremony. If I think that the “marriage” will take place later, in the end, I can put it off. Not so. Every act of obedience…every time I respond to His call…His purpose…His plan… I participate in the ceremony.
Later we celebrate! Now we walk down the aisle, the straight and the narrow. We must find the path that leads to where He is.